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Does anyone know why they alter the F1 schedule for Monaco? I know some people have mentioned it's for a public holiday but it's here that I get really confused. Several people have said that they don't race on a friday because it's a public holiday. Only thing is, they don't have a holiday today.

I did a bit of research earlier and found all of Monaco's public holidays. For 2009 they are:
1 Jan New Year's Day.
27 Jan Saint-Devote's Day.
13 Apr Easter Monday.
1 May Labour Day.
21 May Ascension.
1 Jun Whit Monday.
11 Jun Corpus Christi.
15 Aug Assumption.
1 Nov All Saints' Day.
19 Nov Monaco National Day.
8 Dec Immaculate Conception.
25 Dec Christmas Day.

Yesterday was Ascension Day. They celebrate Ascension in Monaco. However, if yesterday was the day they celebrate, why move racing from a normal day to a holiday, unless there's a specific reason (which I don't know).
Before anyone tries telling me that I'm wrong and Ascension Day wasn't yesterday, I know for a fact that it was yesterday because I was with people who were going to sing in the Ascension Day services last night. Also, Ascension is 40 days after Easter, which means that it's always going to fall on a Thursday.

So, why did they alter the usual schedule for Monaco? Why do they have practice on a Thursday instead of a Friday? It's been bugging me all day so I'd just quite like to know now!



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May. 23rd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
From what I know they normally try to have a holiday on the thursday (Ascenion for example) as that means there is no traffic jams as the people don't have to work. On Saturday and Sunday they can close down the city as hardly anybody has to get to work anyway but on Friday everybody has to go to work and its harder to close down the city. Sometimes it doesn't work out though and there is no holiday on the Thursday (2 years ago I think for example).
At least that is the reason I was told!
May. 23rd, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
So basically they moved practice TO the holiday so that it's not as busy. That makes sense, thanks. It was just confusing me with people saying that it was moved from the friday because the friday was a holiday.
I guess they have to make sure they keep Monaco 40 days after Easter to keep the Ascension holiday!
May. 24th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
It's just always (with that one exception) on Ascension Day weekend. I think the one two years ago was one of Bernie's TV schedule related experiments and it didn't make anyone too happy.
May. 24th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
It was Ascension Day and for as long as I can remember (and that's a long time) the Monaco schedule has always been practice on Thursday and Saturday. Basically it's easier and less disruptive to close the streets on a public holiday weekend than on normal working days.

Edited at 2009-05-24 07:09 am (UTC)
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