McLaren’s Lando Norris is hopeful that Monaco will feature on future Formula 1 calendars, as question marks continue to linger about the race’s prospects.
Lando Norris says he’d like to see the Circuit de Monaco remain on the Formula 1 calendar, with the sport’s most prestigious race yet to sign a contract for 2023 and beyond.
Question marks have arisen about the race’s future in F1, with modern-day cars growing to the point where overtaking is a near impossibility, while Liberty Media are eager to explore new territories as part of the sport’s expansion – meaning some traditional races are in danger of being dropped.
Mercedes’ team boss Toto Wolff has urged Monaco to ’embrace F1’s new realities’, but Norris is one voice of support for the race as the Automobile Club de Monaco vies for a new contract with Formula 1.
“I believe it should stay on the calendar,” Norris wrote in a column for the Telegraph, following his sixth-place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix.
“Not only is it an iconic venue, it is an incredible test of nerve and skill. When you are in the zone, as I was in the last 10 laps, it feels amazing.”
Qualifying at Monaco is one of the biggest challenges on the F1 calendar, with all 20 drivers attempting to find clear space for a lap just 70 seconds long, without making an error that is almost certain to result in contact with the barrier.
Norris said it’s one of the most unique moments of the year.
“The qualifying experience at Monaco is even better – seeing who is prepared to take those risks, who can find that extra little you need in Q2 and Q3,” he said.
“I enjoy that and thrive off it. I was able to put in some good laps on Saturday. I think I was only around 0.2sec off Charles Leclerc in Q2!”
With all sorts of suggestions being made on how to improve the racing at Monaco without ruining the unique character of the historic circuit, Norris acknowledged the challenge of doing so.
“I wish there was something they could change to make racing better at Monaco,” he said.
“But it is hard when you have cars which are over two metres wide and weigh what they do now.
“I heard Toto Wolff suggest they could get rid of the chicane after the tunnel and have a long straight. That might work. Then again, the approaching speed to the next corner would probably be north of 300 kilometres per hour, which is pretty spicy into a corner [Tabac] where there is no runoff !
“Hopefully, over the next few years, we can find a solution but I’m definitely keen for it to remain part of the calendar.”
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