Alesi and Arnoux to race 1974-spec Ferrari at Monaco Historic GP

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Jean Alesi and Rene Arnoux are set to race 1974-spec Ferrari 312B3 F1 cars in the Monaco Historic GP event on 23-25 April

Alesi and Arnoux to race 1974-spec Ferrari at Monaco Historic GP

Arnoux was scheduled to contest the event in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic led to its postponement, with the delay allowing German entrant Methusalem Racing to get Alesi in a car as well.

The former Ferrari works drivers will take part in the Serie F event, for three-litre F1 cars from the 1973-76 era.

Arnoux raced in the Monaco GP on 10 occasions between 1979 and 1989, finishing third with Ferrari in 1984.

Alesi made 12 starts in the principality between 1990 and 2001, earning second on his debut with Tyrrell and taking third places for Ferrari in both 1991 (below) and 1993.

The 312B3 was originally raced during the 1974 season by Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni, and it was the pacesetter for much of the year.

Lauda scored his first F1 win at Jarama and triumphed again at Zandvoort, while also logging nine pole positions - including Monaco.

Regazzoni scored his only win of the year at the Nurburgring, but the Swiss driver remained in title contention until the final race.

Also scheduled to be in the Serie F field at the Monaco Historic GP is former F1 driver Alex Caffi, at the wheel of a 1976 Ensign N176.

The other big name in the weekend's entry list is 2012 Spanish GP winner Pastor Maldonado, who will drive a 1937 Maserati 4CM in the Serie A race for pre-war cars.

Like Arnoux and Caffi, the Venezuelan was entered in 2020 and has had to wait a year for his chance to take part.

The Automobile Club de Monaco says that despite the pandemic it has received 170 entries for its seven historic races.

Having missed the planned 70th anniversary of F1 celebrations due to last year's postponement the focus of the meeting will be the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Ferrari's first World Championship victory, achieved by Jose Froilan Gonzalez at Silverstone in 1951.

Although an ACM announcement hinted that spectators will be allowed, no details have yet been given about arrangements for the Historic GP, or the Formula E and Formula 1 events that will follow.

An ACM spokesperson told Autosport: "The organisation committee of the three forthcoming events is actually working on different scenarios, so we will announce as soon as it will be decided."

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