Monaco will have to pay more if it wants to retain its place on the Formula One calendar, McLaren boss Zack Brown said.
The glittering kingdom on the shores of the Mediterranean has hosted Formula One signature races since the first World Championship season in 1950, but Brown indicated that he risked deviating from the schedule until Monaco was ready to reach a more consistent trade agreement with other races.
Brown said Friday.
“But I think Formula One is so big and big now that it’s bigger than any one team, any one driver, any one race.” , He added at the Indianapolis 500 where McLaren Arrow will have three cars on the preliminary grid for Sunday’s race.
While it seems inconceivable that Formula One would seriously consider abandoning its most popular event, Brown said there are plenty of places to offer glamor and Formula One is ready to move forward at the price it asks for.
“Of course, none of us want to see Monaco go but also understand that as a commercial rights holder they need to make more consistent arrangements with other venues in light of the demand for tracks they want to host the Grand Prix,” Brown said.
Formula One recently added two US races packing shiny punches in Las Vegas and Miami. Las Vegas is set to hit the line next year, with Miami making its debut in early May around racing around the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium grounds.
In an attempt to mimic Monaco, the site featured a beachless “beach club” and a waterless “marina” with yachts perched on concrete blocks in the parking lot.