Monaco allows work on track to continue

Despite restrictions being in place, the government of Monaco are allowing work on their racing circuit to continue as normal.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic state-backed projects have been shelved, but work on Quai des Etats-Unis – the straight from the chicane down to Tabac, is being allowed to continue as normal.

As reported by Motorsport.com, Counsellor of the Ministry of Equipment, Environment, and Urban Planning Marie-Pierre Gramaglia said in a statement: “This work must continue as long as the decision to postpone or cancel the Formula 1 grand prix has not been taken because of the possibility that it will be held in good conditions.”

Whether Formula 1 will race in Monaco this year at the scheduled date of 21-24 May remains unclear.

Formula 1 officials have stated that they hope to begin the season by the “end of May”, which would just about put Monaco in contention, but that statement was perceived to be earmarking Azerbaijan from 5-7 June as the first race weekend of 2020.

Teams are in discussion with F1 bosses over a potential restructured calendar for this season and will hold a video conference on Thursday.

But really nobody knows when the coronavirus pandemic will ease. On March 14 Monaco announced that public places such as cafes, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas would be closed until further notice – schools have been shut down as well.

Minister of State Serge Telle – the head of the government – is currently working from home after becoming the ninth person to test positive for the virus in Monaco.

The offices of race organiser Automobile Club de Monaco are closed, but they reassured that the scheduled races, including the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix, are “currently expected to take place as originally planned.”

If the Monaco GP was to be postponed though, Motorsport.com report that it’s unlikely it would be rescheduled since it’s the only race that doesn’t pay a hosting fee.

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