There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the future of the Monaco Grand Prix. The fact that the event has a huge history would no longer be enough for Formula 1 owners to give the city-state a place on the calendar every year. Should it actually happen that Monaco disappears from the calendar, Charles Leclerc, who was born and raised there, would find it very bad.
“I think it would be a bad move for both sides,” said Leclerc Motorsport.com† “For me, Formula 1 without Monaco is not Formula 1. This sport has a history, also because we race at historic circuits such as Silverstone, Monza and Monaco. I think these jobs should stay on the calendar.”
Leclerc admits that the Monaco Grand Prix is not one of the most attractive races. “Overtaking is difficult here, but what we like as drivers is the challenge this circuit presents. Especially in qualifying to drive that one perfect lap. When it comes to the adrenaline level, there is no track that comes close to Monaco,” said the number two in the general classification.
When asked if Formula 1 shouldn’t drive on the best tracks at all, he replies: “You should too. But I honestly believe that Monaco is one of the best circuits. Nowhere do I enjoy qualifying more than here. As a driver, you can really make a difference here and because the crash barriers are so close to the track, you really get the feeling of danger and speed here. Speaking of qualifying: I think we always have one of the most exciting qualifying sessions of the year here. I agree that before the race we should make some changes here and there to improve overtaking as the cars have evolved and it’s not necessarily a good track to overtake. But when it comes to the driver challenge, Monaco is one of the toughest circuits on the calendar. I think a job like this should stay on the calendar.”