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Helmut Marko

Marko hints at 'plans' to improve Monaco F1 spectacle

The Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday saw little on-track action as cars struggled to overtake around the narrow circuit.

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has revealed there are plans in place to improve the spectacle of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Last Sunday's race around the Monte Carlo streets drew criticism for the lack of on-track action, which has been a common theme throughout the event's history.

The 2024 edition saw the top 10 order from qualifying remain unchanged at the chequered flag for the first time in F1 history.

Amid renewed calls for changes to be made to the Monaco event, Marko has suggested there are already plans in the works.

“After the red flag, the Monaco GP was a procession, but it is still impossible to imagine Formula 1 without Monaco, because this track is to tracks what Ferrari is to Formula 1 teams,” Marko wrote in his column for Speedweek

“But something has to be done. 

“The simplest thing would be to change the track, and there are already plans and ideas for that.”

Mandatory pit stops

Under current regulations, drivers are allowed to perform their mandatory pit stop under a red flag.

With the entire field opting to do so in Monaco after an opening lap crash involving three cars, strategy plated little outcome in the final result.

Marko has suggested that introducing multiple pit stops at the event could be an option to increase uncertainty.

“Another option would be to require two mandatory pit stops, for example, or to require all three types of tyres to be used, so that a bit of strategy comes into play,” he said.

“The 2026 rule change will make the cars a little lighter and smaller, but that alone will not solve the problem. 

“We either need to stipulate the number of tyre changes or have a route that at least offers a realistic chance of overtaking.”

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