Daniel Ricciardo issues firm verdict on Monaco speculation ahead of Miami GP

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has urged Formula One to keep the 'unique' Monaco Grand Prix on the calendar, amid continued speculation of the venue's future.

F1 owners the Liberty Media Corporation have shown a strong desire to bring more street circuits and additional venues to the season calendar, with Miami set to host it's maiden Grand Prix this weekend and Las Vegas joining next year.

That puts F1 on course for another record-breaking season 23-race season, assuming a replacement for the cancelled Russian Grand Prix is confirmed as planned, but there are limits – with the current agreement allowing no more than 24 races in a season.

That limit has led to intense speculation about a number of venues on the Formula One calendar, with the likes of Monaco, Spa and Monza potentially at risk of losing their spot despite their iconic status within motorsport.

However, that is something that hasn't proven to be too popular with drivers and Ricciardo is the latest to urge F1 to ensure that Monaco retains it's spot on the calendar.

“Monaco is special," Ricciardo is quoted as saying by Motorsportweek.com. "I think the thing is, I love the addition of some of these new circuits, new cities that we’re going to. I’m all for it, because it’s also like new experiences and engaging another audience which is fun, and it keeps the sport growing. I like sharing the sport with more of the globe, and ultimately sharing our passion with more people.

"There are those core F1 venues and circuits such as Monaco. It’s a special weekend. For sure, like the race, it’s one of the most tricky circuits to overtake so, you know, I’m not sure it provides like the ultimate viewing experience on a Sunday but the weekend experience and just everything that is Monaco is special and unique.

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"Winning it or not, I think going there as an F1 driver and having that and experiencing all the emotions that go with competing in Monaco, it’s unique. I’m very, very happy to have that, and have experienced that in my career. I guess I would wish, you know, call it the next generation to also experience that because it is special.”

Ricciardo won at Monaco in 2018, then a driver for Red Bull, following in the footsteps of his Australian compatriot Mark Webber by securing victory at Monte Carlo.

Now with McLaren, Ricciardo has endured a slow start to the current season with just 11 points picked up in the opening four races of the season and will hope to turn things around before the Monaco Grand Prix later this month.

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