Monaco have traditionally spread their racing weekend over four days, holding the first two practice sessions on Thursday before using Friday as a rest day for the F1 paddock.
The tradition dates back to the initial race schedule on a statutory holiday weekend, but has been continued to allow traffic to circulate in the area and to help businesses prepare for the weekend.
But as F1 plans next year’s schedule, which is expected to be unveiled in mid-October and finalized at the next meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the Monegasque weekend will now shift to a format traditional.
It is expected that the addition of the Miami Grand Prix to the schedule in May will force Spain and Monaco to compete. Although this has been achieved in the past with a four-day Monegasque weekend, the switch to the normal three-day format will ease some logistical pressures.
“Monaco will be in three days, straight away,” F1 boss Domenicali said in an interview with TBEN.
“So [it will be] Friday, Saturday and Sunday instead of Thursday, a hole, then Saturday and Sunday. Yes, this is the change that we are going to introduce next year.
During the interview, Domenicali confirmed the plan was to re-run a 23-race schedule next year after initially targeting the figure in 2021, only for continued pressures from the pandemic to push that figure down. to 22.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, and the rest of the field at the start
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Domenicali also said the French Grand Prix will be back and the plan will be to end the season earlier than in 2021, when the final race is scheduled for December 12 in Abu Dhabi.
“The plan is that we’re going to have 23 races,” Domenicali said.
“We will be announcing the schedule to the World Council on October 15th. The idea is to finish earlier than what we have completed this year.
F1 has yet to finalize the race that will complete this year’s calendar, with a time slot to be confirmed for a round in the Middle East on November 21, but an announcement is expected in the coming weeks.
The major format change F1 introduced in three races this year was a sprint race on Saturday, and the format could be extended next year after a review of its format and implementation.
Domenicali said he remains positive about his impact, believing it provides more action for fans and helps create greater unpredictability.
“It’s a plus because first of all, we give people something new every day, to the media, to the people who come to the track,” said Domenicali.
“For the interest and preparation of the teams, from our point of view, the more unpredictable the races, the better.”