Apr.14 - Reports that Monaco could lose its prestigious spot on the annual Formula 1 calendar have been dismissed as "totally false".

"It was implied that Liberty Media's asking prices were too excessive for us and that the grand prix would no longer be here," Michael Boeri, president of the Automobile Club de Monaco, told La Gazette de Monaco.

The speculation had gone into overdrive after McLaren supremo Zak Brown, an unabashed advocate of F1's move into new markets, warned that Monaco "needs to come up to the same commercial terms as other grands prix".

"I'd much rather have Monaco than not," said the American, "but just like the sport is bigger than any one driver or team, I think it's bigger than any one grand prix."

But Boeri says it's false that Monaco could lose Formula 1 after the 2022 edition.

"We are still in discussions with them and we must now concertise that by signing a contract," he said.

"But I can guarantee you that after 2022 the grand prix will continue to take place here. I don't know if it will be for three or five years, but that's just details."


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  1. ReallyOldRacer

    "I'd much rather have Monaco than not," said the American, "but just like the sport is bigger than any one driver or team, I think it's bigger than any one grand prix."

    Well it's certainly bigger than Liberty Media. Leave F1 alone and go peddle your usual pablum

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    • Swede

      Amen my friend. Monaco is bigger than F1, Liberty or anyone. It IS F1. Nuts to discuss use droppung it, whilst keeping crap races like Miami or parking lots like Las Vegss...

      While we are in the subject, Germany should be required to host a race since half the team's use German engines! ;)

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  2. shroppyfly

    Not sure about required , but yes if Audi/Porsche come in, it will be exactly 50% German engine Brands, if the investment per yr is lets say 200M beween all of them, then paying 25M a year you'd think is a no brainer, but even if they do, wheres the guarantee they'd get a slot for a race, esp in 4-5yrs time, imo they've missed the chance , should have bought the rights (way cheaper) back in 2010 ish, but the markets are different these days Asia is more valuable to them that Europe possibly ?

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  3. Donalf

    When you talk about Monaco the first thing that comes to mind is f1 racing then casinos then the harbour with very expensive yaughts, cruisers in the harbour and definitely the right atmosphere as for the actual race a lot depends who's on pole will undoubtedly win the race, I think the best bit for me is through the tunnel just looks so fast at that point, Naah! you just gotta keep Monaco it's there for F1 for ever.

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Spot on, Donalf. Anyone who says Monaco is boring just doesn't get it. Best ambience if F1. Tough to pass?...yes, but not impossible. Strategy is king. Fact is that the race is won from pole only 42% of the time. Just 30 times since 1950. That is only 6% more than F1 races worldwide. Those are facts.

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