This forum's favourite F1 journalist Andrew Benson has managed another scoop, this time putting loads of detail on what exactly F1/Liberty want from the Automobile Club de Monaco in exchange for more delicious, yacht-heavy F1 races. Beyond the sanctioning fee and relatively low max attendance, the main issues are three: control of the (bad) TV broadcast, control of trackside advertising (no more billboards for competitors to F1's Rolex), and most interestingly for us, changes (minor obviously) to the circuit layout.
Then there's the track itself. The lack of overtaking in Monaco has long been accepted as part of the event, something that cannot be avoided because of the location of the race.
But F1 feels that small changes could make a difference - a corner widened here, for example, a kerb moved there, a rethinking of the harbour-front chicane, perhaps - but that the Automobile Club de Monaco is reluctant to entertain the idea.
And that bleeds into the final issue - what is perceived by many inside the sport as the way the frustrating place is run, on a number of different levels, questionable choices on a number of aspects of the weekend, and an unwillingness to accept outside ideas.
We might've had a thread about this before, but feel free to critique this crazy notion and suggest better corner designs below. Or indeed rant about the presumption of F1's civilizing mission to the benighted folk of Monte-Carlo, or indeed anything else you can think of that's on-topic.