May 25 (GMM) It is possible that 2025 could be the last Monaco GP.
This is an alarming warning from Michel Boeri, who has been president of the famous Automobile Club de Monaco since 1972.
But the streets of Monte Carlo have hosted Formula 1 for much longer – but it could all be over with the 2025 deal.
“If a country in the Middle East puts ten times as much money on the table as we do, we’re dead,” Boeri told French sports daily L’Equipe.
“Maybe we were one of the cradles of motorsport, but we would be out.”
Still a close confidant of former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, Boeri was unimpressed with the management of the sport’s current owners Liberty Media.
“For Americans, what matters is the offer itself,” he said.
He said that while previous negotiations were about nuance and prestige, “today we’re dealing with ‘Brinks.’
“Brinks” is believed to refer to American armored money carriers – a symbol of harsh capitalism.
Boeri, however, is looking forward to the inaugural Las Vegas GP later this year – although he was unimpressed with the last US race.
“Miami hasn’t had the extraordinary success that everyone is talking about,” he said.