Lewis Hamilton urges major overhaul of Monaco Grand Prix as Mercedes star claims ‘people fell asleep’ watching race in principality

Lewis Hamilton last night led calls for a major rule change specifically for Monaco – possibly with three mandatory pit stops.

The seven-time world champion, who lives partly in the principality, spoke for a disappointed cadre of riders – and television viewers around the world – when he said «people are falling asleep» as he watched Sunday’s race, which was tearfully won at a turtle pace by home hero Charles. Leclerc.

Hamilton agreed with the sentiments of Max Verstappen, who said he should have brought a pillow with him. «It hasn’t been uneventful,» said the British star, who finished seventh.

“Everyone was going so slow. So it didn’t matter what tire you had. We were seconds off the pace.

«I do not know what to say.» You have to report that. I’m sure people fell asleep.

Lewis Hamilton has led calls for a major rule change specifically for Monaco

Hamilton spoke for many drivers when he said people fell asleep watching the race

Hamilton spoke for many drivers when he said «people fell asleep» watching the race

«Our tires can handle the whole race. We have too hard tire compounds here, so we have to find ways to spice it up, maybe the mandatory three stops.»

The Grand Prix was sterilized by a crash in the first lap. All the riders changed tires immediately – the regulations require two compounds to be used in the race – and then limped to the finish line at half speed an hour and three quarters later, knowing that overtaking was almost impossible on the narrow roads.

This allowed Ferrari’s Leclerc to sneak pole position to his first victory since 2022 in Austria.

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Of those few chances, Verstappen said: “We all know what it’s like in Monaco. In the last few years it has become more difficult with the width of the cars, but it is nothing new.’

Asked if he thought the event should be scrapped, the Dutchman said: “I would like to make a few small changes in Monaco first because it would make it even more exciting.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took advantage of a first-lap crash to win in his hometown

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took advantage of a first-lap crash to win in his hometown

“Overall it’s a really great weekend; Sundays are just a bit boring. The landscape is still great, but if we could find a way to race a little more, why not? That would be my preferred solution.”

The race is awaiting renewal after next year and is expected to remain on the calendar, with organisers, the Automobile Club de Monaco and Formula 1 heading for a new deal worth almost £20m.

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