The Monaco Grand Prix is in danger of being cancelled
The Monaco Grand Prix 2023 is scheduled from May 26 to May 28. At the moment, due to the turbulent days in France, the race at the legendary circuit could be canceled due to the numerous strikes and protests related to the increase of the retirement age in France.
The Monaco Grand Prix is considered a royal race and one of the first associations when mentioning Formula 1 and even all motorsport in principle. Victory in this race, along with triumphs in the Indianapolis 500 miles and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is part of the prestigious unofficial achievement, the Triple Crown of Motorsports. Races have been held here as far back as 1929, and appeared in the official Formula 1 championship along with the creation of the series, in 1950. The Monaco Grand Prix has already been cancelled in the last century, and just three years ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The narrow speedway is a delight for most drivers, and also gives them the opportunity to be at home: some have a home in the state, and for some, like Charles Leclerc, this race is home.
Earlier, there were rumors related to a more global cancellation of the Monaco Grand Prix, namely, it was stated that the race would in principle be removed from the calendar and that the contract with the city circuit would not be renewed. It is obvious that the "new" Liberty Media management wants to move as many stages as possible to America, there are already three of them in the calendar, and they do not intend to stop there. At first there was talk that the legendary circuit will disappear from the calendar already in 2024, but these rumors were quickly disproved by the contract of the circuit with Formula 1 until 2025, so at least for two more years Monaco remains with us.
Emmanuel Macron has made a second attempt to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. This event led to massive strikes and demonstrations all over France, led by official trade unions. It all started back in January 2023 and is still going on. Now the fire of strikes has also spread to Monaco, as a neighboring state. Thus, representatives of the energy unit of the French General Confederation of Labor threatened a global strike in response to the possible introduction of pension reform. The employees are going to hold an action called "100 days of anger". The CGT Energie union intends to completely cut off electricity during major events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the French Open tennis championship Roland Garros and... Monaco Grand Prix.
It may seem like just a threat to reason with the government, but the problem is that GGT Énergie can actually put threats into action - they've turned off the switch at Montpellier airport before. The Cannes Film Festival kicks off on May 16, so by that date the chances of holding the Monaco Grand Prix will become clear. The Formula 1 management has not yet commented on what is happening.