Formula 1 was a guest in Miami for the first time last weekend. Many stars and bobos traveled to Florida for the event. The race was a success, especially in the business sphere. Next year, F1 heads to Las Vegas for a race across the legendary Strip on Saturday night. This also promises to be a real spectacle and a great commercial success. However, the arrival of these races does not detract from the unique Monaco Grand Prix and remains the crown jewel on the calendar. Max Verstappen is convinced of that.
“You can’t replace Monaco,” said the Dutchman. “Monaco has such a history. Building that takes time. Miami is also completely different from Monaco. There is much more space and the whole atmosphere is different. The culture is different too. That’s a good thing, because it would be boring to always go somewhere where the culture is the same. You have to find a balance between events like Miami, Monaco and of course the permanent circuits.”
Alpine F1 driver Esteban Ocon shares Verstappen’s view: “Monaco is very special. It has history, you won’t find a race like this anywhere else. You have to qualify really well. In the race it’s difficult to overtake, or you have to take a lot of risks. For us it is something completely different.”
Monaco’s contract expires after the upcoming edition. The organization does not usually have to pay a fee to organize the Grand Prix, but this may change in the new contract. As a result, there were rumors that the race in the Principality could be wiped off the calendar, although this has been relegated to the realm of fables by the local organiser.