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The Return of Formula 1: What to Expect at the Monaco GP come 2021

Like all sports, Formula 1 has its die-hard fans who may have been left slightly disappointed when the 2020 season was put on hold, due to unforeseen events. The favorites remain the same, with a few ace drivers set to make a comeback, while others hope to hold the trophy up high for the first time, or to have a repeat win similar to previous seasons.

Due to factors that were beyond human control and entirely unprecedented, the 2020 season was deferred for a couple of months, but as for the Monaco Grand Prix, it has been pushed to May 2021, until further notice. The Monaco Grand Prix and its representatives are liaising to ensure that drivers and all attendants will be tested before Formula One returns, albeit with a few changes. Fans will not be present, but the environment is set to be not only conducive for all matters related to distancing, it will not present any more challenges for drivers than would normally be the case.

Every year beginning 1955, Monaco has held what is deemed a very historic event, which takes place ahead of the main event; the F1 races. The decision was made based on government restrictions worldwide, which includes border restrictions, border limitations and the non-viability of facilitating the event when limited staff will be allowed access to grounds, nor will there be any allowed to gather as spectators. The ACM or Automotive Club De Monaco made these statements when speculation on whether the event would be held, become a subject of concern, especially seeing as the over 1500 workers needed for the efficient running of the grounds, would not be available.

Changes in Preparation

Unlike previous Grand Prix events, Monaco’s Grand Prix is set to have a few changes and possible first-timers. The logistics of it all may prove to be a whirlwind of events, but the ACM’s Director reassures many that it will all be handled effectively. The upcoming Grand Prix will most likely have back-back events like Formula E, Monaco Grand Prix Historique and finally, the F1 race.

Dates and Scheduled Events

The event known as the Historic Grand Prix is set to run from 23rd -25th of April, then Formula E following suit soon thereafter on May 8th and last but not least, the F1 race toward the end of May. These changes in timings and preparations mean that there will also be variations in the way the racing track is set up. This will involve the expertise of many skilled workers seeing as it may revolve around unprecedented events, especially timelines.

Winners and Losers Pre-Monaco

At the moment, racers are prepping for the F1 races to be held in Austria. Lewis Hamilton still has the best odds and is a favorite among many, with Mercedes still holding benchmarks for record setting and possibly training, pre-season.

However, this may not be the case come 2021, which is now approximately a year away. Although the odds are primarily in favor of Mercedes for the current races, it remains to be seen what will transpire in 2021. Hamilton’s odds are set high as many expect him to retain his title. Ferrari and Racing point look to enhance their performances from previous losses and gain some recognition next to the likes of Silver Arrows and Red Bull.

Teams and Team members

At the start of every season, there is a battle between the top two drivers in every team. As it stands now. The following make up the tag-teams, so to speak, in the different racing teams. For starters, we have Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Botas, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon, Carlos Sainz jr and Lando Norris, as well as Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll among others. These set ups will continue onto the next Grand Prix in Monaco, reason being that these ace drivers make up the crème de la crème of their teams.

Importance of Monaco Grand Prix

This race is the slowest of all races and the F1 circuit the most challenging. The importance of this event being held is unparalleled and it has even received awards, based on its prestige and importance to formula one. Unlike other races, Monaco’s is the only that does not involve any payment as far as F1 races are concerned. The event is entirely free and boasts a lot of history, including Graham Hill’s Triple Crown win, which all drivers seek to emulate and maybe one day have the honor of holding that title as well. This is why the Monaco Grand Prix and its return is set to have many perspiring with anticipation of its return.

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