Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur believes the “show” at the Dutch Grand Prix provided a template for the direction other events will take in the future, including Monaco, to evolve over time.
Drivers and teams have recently weighed about the future of Monaco in the calendar, and the contract of the car with Formula 1 is soon to be renewed.
The race organizers remain safe that a new agreement will be agreed upon and the like Lewis HamiltonDaniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly have spoken out in favor of a historic place on the Formula One schedule.
But Alfa team boss Romeo Vasseur explained that the sport’s return to Zandvoort last year was an example of how a ‘show’ for fans over the weekend could be improved, with almost exclusively audience support. Max Verstappen in the sea of oranges last September.
The track underwent significant changes and infrastructure improvements to prepare for hosting the race, and the event was praised for the experience fans had over the weekend when the Netherlands returned to Formula 1.
In addition, he thinks Zandvoort will give a blueprint for what the weekends will look like in the future, and as a result Monaco can learn how to modernize.
“I think F1 underwent a big change at Zandvoort last year,” Vasseur said. “Not just in terms of the show. As for the show, Zandvoort was a mega change, but as of these dates I think all the events have been more in this direction and everyone will have to follow that move.
“But in the end, not just the performance, but everything else around the Grand Prix. And I think Monaco will have to do the same. Surely Monaco is important to us. We know perfectly well that this is a historic Grand Prix.
“But at the end of the day, they will, they will come from them, I’m sure, because I can’t stay old-fashioned. And I don’t just mean Monaco. But it’s a good lesson for all the Grand Prix. “
Red bull Team boss Christian Horner agreed that Monaco remains on the calendar because of its position in motorsport as a whole, and reiterated Vasseur’s view that changes need to be made to keep up with the times in Formula One.
“Yes, I think it is unthinkable to imagine Formula 1 without Monaco, it is a jewel in the crown. But you know, everything evolves over time. And, you know, when you look at Wimbledon, they now have a roof when it rains.
“So, you know, they have to move because the sport continues to grow. And I think if Monaco is a new track now appearing on the calendar, and they say, ‘Well, you’ll have the lowest fee in each round, you’ll go there and you can’t overtake’ would never have been admitted to the calendar.
“So we accept Monaco because of its heritage and because of its history. That’s it. And I think you have to evolve.
“If you stand still, then you go back, and I think that applies to all aspects of the sport.”