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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton urges F1 to make radical Monaco GP shake-up

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 bosses could look at making changes to the Monaco Grand Prix to make it a more entertaining watch.

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Lewis Hamilton has called for Formula 1 bosses to come up with a "new formula" for the Monaco Grand Prix to allay the 'boring' nature of the race.

The Monaco GP itself has drawn criticism in recent years for a lack of overtaking with cars continuing to get bigger, only one major overtaking point - the sea-front chicane. 

There has been talk of re-routing the track in the past to allow for more overtaking opportunities, as three-time Monte Carlo winner Hamilton called on F1 chiefs to make a change to the weekend formula for F1's most famous race.

"Monaco hasn't really changed much, the cars are getting bigger and there is a huge risk of colliding [with the barriers]," Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.

"I wish we had bigger roads and that the track could be wider, but I don't think that that is ever going to be the case because it is just a small place.

"The race is continuously pretty much the same it is a one-stop race, so I would say that maybe having special tyres for this race so you have more pit-stops, create more variability.

"They [F1 bosses] can definitely come up with a specific weekend, for this particular weekend, they should come up with some new formula for it rather than it just being the same. 

"You might fall asleep on Sunday during the race, so creating something else, I don't know how you would do that [but it would be good."

Monaco still the crown jewel

In recent years, the Miami and Las Vegas Grands Prix have been touted as taking Monaco's place as the jewel in the crown of grand prix racing - but this is something Hamilton rejected, pointing to two other tracks that also appeared on the first world championship calendar in 1950.

"Monaco will always stand on its own, it will always stand above, but it doesn't always have the spectacle," he said.

"But it will always be up there with the Silverstones and Monzas, because those are the crown jewels of our sport."

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