Wolff expects Monaco Grand Prix to get new deal to stay on F1 calendar RaceFans

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is confident Formula 1 will agree with the Monaco Grand Prix promoter to keep the race on the calendar.

The historic site staged its first grand prix before the start of the world championship and has only been absent from the calendar once since 1955, due to the Covid-19 pandemic two years ago. However, his current contract expired after this year’s race.

Despite speculation over his future, Wolff sees a strong chance of Monaco reappearing on the 2023 F1 calendar.

“I think there’s a trade debate to be had,” he said. “But both parties will clearly find a compromise because we need Monaco and Monaco needs Formula 1.”

He expressed some frustration with the track’s confined layout after Lewis Hamilton lost significant time in the second half of Sunday’s race due to Fernando Alonso slowing ahead of him.

“If a car can really slow down almost five seconds and hold everyone back, it’s just a shame for racing here,” Wolff said. “So maybe we can look at the layout of the track or things we can do to not have a motorcade and it’s basically a game of strategy or a qualifying race.”

However, he admitted that the hope of changing the layout of the track was “wishful thinking” due to the limited space available. “I wouldn’t know where we can drive other than on these roads,” admitted Wolff.

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McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl is particularly fond of the race and hopes F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali will agree to terms to keep it on future calendars.

“It’s been my favorite race weekend of the year ever,” Seidl said. “I just like the tradition, the history.

“I like the vibe here in this city during race weekend. I like the walk across the city in the morning and in the evening. So I would be very happy if we keep coming to Monaco.

“Ultimately what the race schedule will look like is a decision Stefano has to make. As you know there is huge interest from many different venues to host a race.

“At the same time, Stefano, as a driver with a long career also in Formula 1, is also aware of the importance of having the right mix between traditional racing and new venues.

“But last but not least, obviously the financial aspects also play an important role. So in the end, I will let Stefano decide what it will look like in the future.

“Does Monaco need Formula 1? I can’t judge. Does Formula 1 need Monaco? From my personal point of view, yes, but there is obviously a larger picture, as I have just explained, which must be taken into account.

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