Monaco is adhering to its plans for the Formula 1 race at the end of May despite the coronavirus pandemic.
It is expected that the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo “will take place as originally planned”, the automobile club of the Principality as organizer announced.
In the original Formula 1 calendar, the race was planned as the seventh world championship round on May 24th. However, following the cancellation of the season opener in Australia at short notice and the postponement of the races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China, the racing series has had to completely reorganise its schedule.
The Formula 1 leaders had last announced a season start for the end of May. This could make Monaco the place for a new start. It remains to be seen what will happen to the races in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, and Barcelona, which were scheduled for 3rd and 10th May.
Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn currently expects at least 17 Grand Prix for this year. Originally, 22 races were planned. In order to make room for postponed world championship races, the premier class of motorsport wants to do without the almost four-week summer break in August. Some Grand Prix events could then be shortened from three to two days.
Meanwhile, the organisers in Monaco continue to plan a four-day Formula 1 event, with practice in Monte Carlo usually taking place on Thursday, while Friday is reserved for PR activities and other racing classes.
However, due to the spread of Sars-CoV-2, the Monaco Automobile Club is temporarily closed to members and the public “until further notice”, according to the announcement.
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