The show offered in Miami seems to meet the expectations of the public and Formula 1, and the arrival of Las Vegas on the calendar for the 2023 season promises even more « American-style » shows.
Could the Monaco Grand Prix thus lose its status as « the jewel of F1? » For the pilots, who were interviewed at a press conference, there is obviously no question of comparing the Monegasque event to what is done in the United States.
Thus, Max Verstappen « don’t think you can replace Monaco. This race has so much history and it takes time to build that up. Plus it’s very different from Monaco, there’s a lot of space and the atmosphere is completely different The culture is also different, which is interesting because it would be boring if every place had the same culture, so you have to find the right balance between circuits like Monaco and the permanent circuits. »
Yuki Tsunoda wasn’t very talkative, saying he was « Agree with Max. »
Eestban Ocon is also « Agree with Max, I think Monaco is extremely special. And then there’s the whole story that goes with it. And it’s a race like no other. You have to qualify really well there and overtaking is very difficult in racing, unless you take risks, so it’s very different for us. But of course to have such a welcome in the United States is fantastic, the sport has grown so much there. Miami, Las Vegas, it’s a dream to go to these kinds of places, so I can’t wait to see what other surprises this country has in store for us. »
Valtteri Bottas thinks like Ocon he is « nice to go to their incredible events. The more in the future the better. But Monaco will always be Monaco because of its history and it’s a very different place. »
Kevin Magnussen had nothing to add, other than: « I love Monaco. »