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Three days instead of four: The Grand Prix de Monaco 2022 expects some format changes

The 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix will take place over three days, in line with the others on the Formula 1 calendar. Traditionally it has, of course, been held over four days in the Principality. And the Automobile Club of Monaco has indicated the four day racing tradition will be maintained by organizing additional racing on the Thursday. 

As for the F1 Grand Prix itself: “Monaco will take place over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, directly, instead of Thursday – break on Friday – then Saturday and Sunday,” Stefano Domenicali told CNN. 

Run since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, and is one of the races—along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans—that form the Triple Crown of Motorsport. 

The Monaco GP had so far the unique feature of starting a day before, with free practice organized on Thursday and not on Friday as elsewhere.

This was because historically ,the Monaco GP was organized during the Ascension weekend, the Christian religious holiday celebrating Jesus Christ ascending to heaven. Thursday being a public holiday, this day was chosen to run the cars, before a break on Friday, then qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

For the Principality and its traders, this has made it possible to have an increased public presence, for four days instead of three. This unique feature was maintained until now even if the GP was not organized each time at the Ascension.

Four Days of Glamour in Monaco 

The Monaco Grand Prix event and celebrations themselves will continue to run over four days, with a support-event taking place on Thursday despite the F1 action not starting until the following day. Monaco Grand Prix organisers have confirmed this.

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As for other events on the F1 Calendar Domenicali has confirmed the holding of the French Grand Prix in 2022, while reported rumours regularly have intimated the disappearance of the French event. Asked in the CNN broadcast about the presence of the race on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet (south), the Italian would only answer “Yes” without giving any further indication of its future and added that “the plan is to have 23 races” in 2022, a record number, after 22 GPs staged in 2021, and to finish the season “earlier” – before December as is the case this season.

The 2022 calendar will be announced at the World Motorsport Council on October 15, he added.

About South Africa featuring on it, with Kyalami hoping to make a return for the first time since 1993, there was no clear confirmation: “We received interest from Kyalami to be back in the calendar,” he said.

“Of course we have discussed with them pin order to see if they are ready from the technical perspective, the financial perspective, to be inserted in the calendar, so discussions are there.”

Saudi Arabia is making its debut this season, with a first race in Qatar also expected to be announced to fill a gap in late November.

In the United States, a second Grand Prix for the first time since 1984, with the expected addition of Miami in May, make for a record 23 race calendar with Monaco’s street circuit reported likely to follow on from Spain.

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