Lewis Hamilton says boring Monaco Grand Prix needs more pitstops

Lewis Hamilton has called for more pitstops to be introduced into the Monaco Grand Prix in order to make Formula 1's showpiece race more interesting

Lewis Hamilton says boring Monaco Grand Prix needs more pitstops

Despite Pirelli's new ultra-soft tyre making its debut this weekend, the belief is drivers will only need to make one pitstop on Sunday given its durability.

Following practice on Thursday Hamilton scathingly described the ultra-soft as "pretty much the super-soft with purple paint".

Addressing the concerns of the race around the streets of the principality being boring, Hamilton said: "Unfortunately, most likely, it's going to be exactly the same as the years before.

"There are no real great decisions being made that are going to make this race any better.

"The last three or four years it's been a one-stop race, which is the most boring.

"Everyone here knows if you have pole position you are going to win, and with a one-stop race it's a procession.

"I was messaging a friend the other day and he said 'I'm not coming to Monaco' because it's a train.

"I said 'Yeah, I'm in it, and hopefully at the front'.

"I was just thinking the other night 'Why don't we have more stops?'

"For me, the ultra-soft is not soft. We need ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra soft, four times softer tyres so we can do more stops. That would mix it up here.

"In my first years when there were more stops it was way more exciting, but they won't do that.

"We'll be two seconds faster this year than we were last year, but overtaking is still going to be the same."

Following practice Red Bull is threatening to usurp Mercedes' dominance of this race over the last three years, with team-mate Nico Rosberg aiming for a fourth successive victory at the track.

Why Red Bull was ahead of Mercedes in practice

Hamilton was forced to settle for second best by six tenths of a second to Daniel Ricciardo on Thursday.

"Everyone that's expecting a good race should know this is a track that you really can't overtake on, so qualifying's going to be the race," added Hamilton.

"You're going to see a procession, a train, on Sunday. Some things can happen as they did last year.

"But generally you're not going to see us battling, you're going to see cars following.

"Hopefully, because it's so close, whoever's first, second and third will be close and it'll come down to that one pitstop."

shares
comments
Monaco Grand Prix: F1 rivals play down McLaren chances
Previous article

Monaco Grand Prix: F1 rivals play down McLaren chances

Next article

Extra Monaco GP day vital for Mercedes to understand Red Bull gap

Extra Monaco GP day vital for Mercedes to understand Red Bull gap
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats Plus

How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats

The 2022 Formula 1 season will be remembered as a record book rewriting Max Verstappen masterclass, a completely different challenge to his maiden world championship last year, and a clear sign he is still raising his own level. But where does it stack up against the all-time great F1 campaigns?

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022