Monaco Grand Prix 2020: No longer a Grand Prix?

Written by Staff Writer (CNN) — For a race which only has 21 drivers, the Monaco Grand Prix remains one of the most high-profile events on the Formula One calendar. But it might lose…

Monaco Grand Prix 2020: No longer a Grand Prix?

Written by Staff Writer

(CNN) — For a race which only has 21 drivers, the Monaco Grand Prix remains one of the most high-profile events on the Formula One calendar.

But it might lose some of its sheen after the World Motor Sport Council agreed to reduce the date of the famed race from 23rd May to the weekend after.

The return of Germany’s historic Nurburgring track in 2013 led to the Monaco GP in May being downgraded from a Grand Prix to a Supersports event at the world-famous 17-mile street circuit.

That decision came with a stipulation that one of the two days during the week before the event is re-named Monaco Grand Prix Day.

The current Monaco GP week sees the practice session on Friday and the qualifying session on Saturday, concluding with the race on Sunday.

However, following today’s meeting in Paris, race director Charlie Whiting announced at a news conference that the 2020 season will be referred to as Monaco Grand Prix Week and the weekend will take place from the 16th to 20th of May.

“I think it’s the correct thing to do,” said Whiting. “It makes it a Grand Prix week and ensures you have two days. We (must) have one Sunday on our calendar, we can’t just have one weekend where we don’t have a Grand Prix.”

Monaco Grand Prix Day will be the designated Sunday, with Whiting saying the closing race in 2019 will be referred to as Grand Prix Week.

But, he continued, “We’re staying focused on Monaco – I don’t think we’re going to change the track.”

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