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
Grading F1's 2022 drivers at half-term Plus

Grading F1's 2022 drivers at half-term

Over the first 13 races of Formula 1's new ground effects era, Max Verstappen has surged into the lead in the world championship over Charles Leclerc. But as the 2022 season prepares to roar back into life, who stacks up as the top of the class, and who must do better? We graded every driver based on their performances so far

The 10 stories to watch out for across the rest of the 2022 F1 season Plus

The 10 stories to watch out for across the rest of the 2022 F1 season

It’s 13 down, nine to go as the Formula 1 teams pause for breath in the summer break. But what can we expect to happen over the next three months from Belgium to Abu Dhabi? Here's the key storylines to keep an eye out for the rest of the 2022 season

Formula 1
Aug 18, 2022
The inconvenient truth about F1’s ‘American driver’ dream Plus

The inconvenient truth about F1’s ‘American driver’ dream

OPINION: The Formula 1 grid's wait for a new American driver looks set to continue into 2023 as the few remaining places up for grabs - most notably at McLaren - look set to go elsewhere. This is despite the Woking outfit giving tests to IndyCar aces recently, showing that the Stateside single-seater series still has some way to go to being seen as a viable feeder option for F1

Formula 1
Aug 17, 2022
How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge Plus

How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge

While creating a car that is woefully off the pace is a nightmare scenario for any team, it inadvertently generates the test any engineering department would relish: to turn it into a winner. As Mercedes takes on that challenge in Formula 1 this season, McLaren’s former head of vehicle engineering reveals how the team pulled of the feat in 2009 with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Aug 15, 2022
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022