Marco Petrucci has been CEO of Formula 1 since 2016
The Monaco Grand Prix will go back to a three-day format in 2022, says Formula 1’s new boss.
The event has been increasing in complexity and timings but is widely considered the sport’s most glamourous track, with drivers being treated to a helicopter ride in a helicopter before the race.
The drop in scheduling coincides with the retirement of F1 legend Michael Schumacher from racing.
It was replaced by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a replacement for the ill-fated contract with Bernie Ecclestone.
When asked about the elimination of the southern French track, Marco Petrucci said: “Monaco is going to be a three-day event, beginning in 2021.
“What’s left to do is have a more strategic, more international format. Monaco is a strong competitor.”
Petrucci added: “My initial impression is that everyone is in favour of two-day Monaco, three-day Monaco. It is so complicated, so much work, all these changes, the long commutes, the traffic.
“It will take longer to drive Monaco. But everyone is for the three-day event. It’s really a compromise for all the stakeholders.”
At last month’s F1 Forum in Abu Dhabi, Bernie Ecclestone and director of racing Ross Brawn outlined plans to axe the current two-day format in 2021, with the new venue chosen next year.