Monaco Grand Prix: “The leaders of Formula 1 will not bother us about our specificities”, assures Prince Albert II
A new contract binds F1 to Monaco for three years. The president of the Automobile Club of Monaco, Michel Boeri, hinted in our columns that the specifications could not perhaps be applied to the letter. Are the negotiations continuing?
I have the certainty and the assurance that the leaders of F1 are not going to contradict us. They know very well the situation of the Grand Prix in Monaco and could not literally apply all the requirements they ask for other circuits. I think there will be no problem. It was even unthinkable for Liberty Media not to have Monaco on its schedule. We had to discuss certain things, it’s an important change but we keep some of our prerogatives. The dialogue is continuous, we will see the details, but they will not bother us about our specificities. They will take control of communication, television production, the Monaco Grand Prix brand, but not all the sponsors for the moment. All of this will be managed in harmony with the Automobile Club of course.
Aren’t you worried that the Monaco Grand Prix will lose its popular atmosphere in favor of a premium event?
The popular atmosphere will be present and we will make the necessary efforts to welcome the widest possible audience. The notoriety of F1, and especially the notoriety found across the Atlantic with the Netflix series, has changed the situation. For now, we still have so many requests from people who want to come and taste this experience.