Lewis Hamilton: Monaco Grand Prix 'wasn't really racing'

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton feels the Monaco Grand Prix "wasn't really racing", with the leading cars forced to keep to a slow pace for most of the 78-lap event

Lewis Hamilton: Monaco Grand Prix 'wasn't really racing'

The introduction of the new hypersoft compound meant tyre management was critical for the lead group in Monaco, but with track position crucial and overtaking opportunities scarce at the street circuit, all five frontrunners stuck to a one-stop strategy.

Hamilton stopped as early as lap 12 and had to manage a set of ultrasofts for the remaining 66 laps.

Despite repeatedly warning his team that wasn't convinced the tyres would last to the end, he finally brought the car home in third, 17 seconds behind race winner Daniel Ricciardo.

"We were just cruising around from lap six, maybe," Hamilton said. "Literally cruising. So it wasn't really racing.

"Daniel did a great job today, so super happy for him, but ultimately we were all turned down and just cruising around, making sure we get to the end.

"I don't know if that was exciting for you guys to watch. If it is, no problem."

Ricciardo, who was nursing an MGU-K issue for most of the race, admitted the circuit layout allowed him to get away with maintaining a slow pace out front.

"Because it's a tight circuit, you're able to take the piss a little bit with going slow," he said.

"There were times when I was really cruising, but the circuit allows you to do that, because it's hard to overtake."

The hypersoft compound will be used again at Formula 1's next race, the Canadian Grand Prix, and Ricciardo is confident the Montreal circuit will not produce the same sort of conservative racing.

"I don't think we'll be able to maintain that kind of rhythm in a circuit like Montreal," he said.

"I think that's more circuit-dependent, but I'm glad they're bringing the hypersofts again.

"When we pitted early, I thought maybe it was looking like even a two-stop race, but honestly we could control the pace.

"But as I said, on a different circuit, today would've probably been a two-stop."

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