Lewis Hamilton calls for new Monaco Grand Prix weekend format

Lewis Hamilton calls for new Monaco Grand Prix weekend format

It also meant that Red Bull's bookended the grid, with Max Verstappen starting last. Not to be left out, chief designer Adrian Newey and team boss Christian Horner get in on the action.

"You can see how well he fits in the team and I'm hopeful we'll be able to move things along in the next couple of months".

"This is two years in the making", he said. Maybe we need two races.

"I think that's more circuit-dependent, but I'm glad they're bringing the hypersofts again. And it feels good". Hamilton, the reigning world champion and current Drivers' Championship leader, seemed content at finishing 3rd; of all the drivers who complained about the tyres, it was Hamilton who radioed his concerns the most - nearly hinting Mercedes to consider a second pit-stop.

That said, the Briton, who is now engaged in his own contract negotiations with Mercedes, expects him to earn much more in future. "If I would have taken a bit more risk I don't think I would have got past the guys ahead of me".

Fernando Alonso was also very vocal about how boring the race was, and Hamilton said it was a big shame that this is how races often play out at the iconic street circuit. "We knew that would be the case". There's an old Motorsport quote that we were reminded of today - winning the race at the slowest possible pace! "But Daniel had the answers all the time".

He may not have been fighting for victory, but how Fernando Alonso managed to complete this year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix nearly defied science. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) finished in fifth place, while Esteban Ocon (Force India) finished in sixth, ahead of Pierre Gasly (Torro Rosso).

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Ricciardo's knuckle gripping race of extraordinary tension began, not from his pole position start and race to the first corner, but on lap 28 of the 78-lap race.

Having missed qualifying because his vehicle could not be repaired in time following his FP3 shunt, Verstappen then had to watch on as team mate Daniel Ricciardo captured pole. Pirelli had been asked to provide new softer tyres to give the chance for quicker lap times.

Despite repeatedly warning his team that wasn't convinced the tyres would last to the end, he finally brought the auto home in third, 17 seconds behind race victor Daniel Ricciardo.

"I was thinking while I was driving that it was not an attacking race - we were just cruising".

"At Ferrari I would imagine Kimi [Raikkonen] is going to want to continue and why not?"

By lap 32, Ricciardo's lead was down to 1.2 seconds with Hamilton nine seconds adrift in third. "It's the most special race of the year".

"All in all, Eric Boullier, said the damage cost "20 points of downforce, more or less - so half a second a lap".

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