Next year’s Monaco Grand Prix will feature a new pit lane and paddock complex, giving Formula 1’s most illustrious race a important face lift.
The Monte Carlo street circuit is notorious for a lack of space with teams working in confined areas and the pit wall situated above the garages. Germany’s Bild newspaper is reporting the upgrades, set to cost €30 million, were originally hoped to be in place for last month’s race.
“Monaco wanted to prepare the new pit lane for 2017, but engineers were unable to guarantee they would finish it in time. So the project was postponed to 2018,” the report reads.
The Automobile Club de Monaco’s Richard Micoud confirmed: “Yes, it’s true. The new pit building will be two-storey. Teams will finally have more space and will not be tripping over their feet.”
The cramped conditions were blamed for the bungled pit stop that cost Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo victory in 2016 when the team scrambled for the requested tyres trapped in the back of the garage.
The last upgrade to the Principality’s pit complex was in 2004, when the pit lane was widened and repositioned, forcing a reprofiling of the La Rascasse corner and pit exit.
Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
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