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Preparations for Monaco GP get underway

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18/02/2021

The Automobile Club de Monaco has given the green light for work to begin on preparing the circuit for this year's Grand Prix.

Due to the pandemic, last year's event was the first time since 1954 that the Principality hasn't reverberated to the sound of F1, and with the threat from the virus still uncertain many feared this year would see a repeat.

Despite the various travel restrictions around the world, F1 was quick to act on speculation that Monaco - in many ways the jewel in the sport's crown - was likely to be one of several street races that could go ahead this year.

"We have set out the details of the revised 2021 calendar and there are no other changes," said an F1 spokesman last month. "The suggestion street races will not take place is completely wrong."

Race organisers were also quick to react.

"Despite the latest rumours circulating on certain websites and social media, the ACM can confirm that the Monaco GP will take place from May 20th to 23rd, 2021," the Automobile Club de Monaco posted on twitter this afternoon.

"The ACM also confirms the Grand Prix Monaco Historique (April 23rd-25th 2021) and the Monaco EPrix (May 8th 2021)."

Yesterday, it was announced that construction work will get underway on Monday for the event.

The work programme, which includes the construction of the grandstands and other facilities is expected to last around seven weeks, leaving the track ready for the Historique event in April.

With the EPrix in early May, 2021 is the first year the Principality has hosted all three events, the EPrix usually alternating with the Historique event.

While the uncertainty over the virus continues, the ACM's decision must be seen as a positive for the sport which hasn't held a street race since Singapore 2019.

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1. Posted by kenji, 20/02/2021 0:12

"@flyinglap...I support your sentiment. There have been some epic races at Monaco. I recall a classic Webber drive in the wet/damp where he had to survive three safety cars and he still won. That was epic..just like Ricciardo's last win. Driving with a loss of over 100HP in a seriously wounded car was no mean feat and kept the race on a knife edge. It is the supreme test of driver skill, a driver demonstration unlike any other race. As a one off...excellent."

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2. Posted by jcr, 18/02/2021 18:44

"Hate to be a pessimist, But. Does anybody truly believe that all the health restrictions are going to be gone by Mid April ¿¿"

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3. Posted by flyinglap, 18/02/2021 17:58

"Quite unfair and short-sighted to criticize the Monaco Grand Prix. It takes outmost commitment, concentration and courage to do well at this race, let alone win. One of the few races on the calendar where the driver can and does make a difference. There is no argument about it."

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4. Posted by Pete, 18/02/2021 16:34

"Monaco GP stands for Grand Procession, to call it a race would be a bad joke."

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5. Posted by Mad Matt, 18/02/2021 12:29

"I feel a bit conflicted about Monaco: It is a supreme challenge to go so fast, so close to the walls and I like it being a street circuit..... but the races are mostly boring in the end as there's almost no overtaking so the only entertainment is watching the crashes. I suppose the proof is when you see the lead car dropping off the pace by several seconds a lap and no-one getting past.
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6. Posted by kenji, 18/02/2021 9:58

"One can but hope that there are no further hindrances to staging the Monaco GP. Whilst we are all aware of the circuits shortcomings i eagerly anticipate the running of this event...in many ways because of the circuits limitations. It's just another supreme test of driver expertise and we've seen some
epic races over the years."

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