Hamilton wants new format, layout in Monaco
Lewis Hamilton would like to see a new race format and a revised circuit layout implemented in Monaco to avoid processional Formula 1 races.
The four-time world champion qualified and finished third in the Principality, and was among those drivers left feeling that the race lacked spectacle.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso claimed the race “wasn’t really racing,” and that it was “extremely boring. I mean, this is probably the most boring race ever.”
Aside from two Virtual Safety Cars, the 78 lap race ran interruption free.
It saw the bulk of the field stop just once, creating limited strategic options for teams, while the narrow streets are notoriously difficult to pass on.
Combined, it has traditionally made for comparatively subdued races, which Hamilton sees as a contrast to the weekend’s high-profile build up.
“It’s got the biggest build up,” Hamilton said.
“It’s the most special race of the year. I was thinking, ‘It’s just a shame that the race isn’t as exciting as the whole spectacle and the track is’.
“There’s no place like it, but I think Formula 1 needs to apply a different rule or schedule or something.
“Maybe it’s got to be a different format or something here. It’s got to be more mixed-up things, I don’t know what.
“You look at NASCAR, they put in a bunch of Safety Cars for no reason at all to bunch the pack up. There’s like 100 yellow flags in the race to bring them all together.
“Maybe we need two races here, who knows?”
Hamilton went on to suggest revisions to the circuit to increase lap times, which for the first time dipped into the 1:10s barrier this year.
With development having taken place around Monaco in the nine decades since it hosted its first race, Hamilton suggests it’s time the circuit be re-examined.
“I said to Prince Albert the other day, maybe it’s time to make it (the track) longer,” said Hamilton.
“There’s more roads – do we change this great track and make it even better?”
With the exception of 1951 to 1954, Monaco has been an ever-present on the world championship calendar since its inception in 1950.
It was also part of the European Championship, which existed during the 1930s prior to the outbreak of World War II.
The circuit remains fundamentally unchanged since the first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, with the addition of the Swimming Pool and Rascasse complexes the only significant modifications.