Monaco puts a marker down for 2021 with three race run

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 26, 2019 General view through the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

(Reuters) – Monaco plans to carry three motor races within the house of 5 weeks in 2021 after the principality needed to cancel this weekend’s showcase Formula One grand prix because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) menti oned on Tuesday the biennial Historic Grand Prix can be held on April 25, 2021, with an all-electric Formula E eprix on May eight after which the return of Formula One on May 23.

“To organise three races in the space of one month will be a big first for us all at ACM,” mentioned the membership’s basic commissioner Christian Tornatore.

“The logistical side promises to be complex, but not impossible to manage.”

He mentioned work on organising the metal-fenced road circuit would want to start on the finish of February, a number of weeks sooner than ordinary.

Monaco cancelled this 12 months’s F1 race, a dwelling grand prix for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, in March after the Australian season-opener in Melbourne was additionally scrapped because of the coronavirus disaster.

The Mediterranean harbourside race featured on the primary world championship calendar in 1950 and had been held with out fail since 1955.

Formula One has but to start out the 2020 season, or difficulty a revised calendar, because of the pandemic and Monaco is the primary date pencilled in for 2021.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Christian Radnedge