F1 axes traditional decades-old Thursday practice sessions at Monaco Grand Prix

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Carlos Sainz Jr. of Spain driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 20, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Carlos Sainz Jr. of Spain driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 20, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1

Formula 1 is ending its decades-long tradition of running free practice sessions in Monaco on Thursdays.

Sitting out Friday to honour Ascension Day, when Jesus Christ purportedly ascended to heaven, dates all the way back to the first F1 championship in 1950.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says that's definitely changing for 2022.

"Monaco will be three days straight away," he told CNN.

"So Friday, Saturday and Sunday instead of Thursday, hold, and then Saturday and Sunday."

That news was confirmed by the race-promoting Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM).

"It will be a three-day event for F1 and a four-day event for ACM," said communications boss Richard Micoud.

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