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NOVEMBER 3, 2004

The Formula 3 Euroseries will be at Monaco

The Formula 3 Euroseries will be one of the support races for next year's Monaco Grand Prix following lengthy negotiations between the series organisers and the Automobile Club de Monaco. The F3 Euroseries is run by the German and French national sporting authorities: the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund and the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile. The news means that a traditional race is being restored to the international calendar, an F3 race having been held in Monaco every year between 1964 when Formula 3 replaced Formula Junior until 1998 when Formula 3000 was shipped in as the support event. During that time many great names impressed the F1 team bosses, the list of winners including Jackie Stewart (1964), Peter Revson (1965), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1966), Henri Pescarolo (1967), Ronnie Peterson (1969), Patrick Depailler (1972), Jacques Laffite (1973), Tom Pryce (1974), Bruno Giacomelli (1976), Didier Pironi (1977), Elio de Angelis (1978), Alain Prost (1979), Ivan Capelli (1984), Yannick Dalmas (1986), Giancarlo Fisichella (1994) and Nick Heidfeld (1997).

There will be two F3 races during the weekend, the first being on Friday when F1 is having a day off and the second taking place after F1 qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

"We're pleased that the Formula 3 Euro Series is going to be staged alongside our Monaco Grand Prix," said Michel Boeri, president of the ACM. "Europe's strongest series for up-and-coming racers will enhance the Grand Prix supporting programme immensely. With the race on Saturday afternoon we'll be picking up on the tradition of the Formula 3 Monaco Grand Prix, which also gained a lot of respect worldwide."

The long-term deal follows long negotiations by DMSB vice-president Hermann Tomczyk.