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Hamilton fears "boring" Monaco race despite ultrasoft tyre

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Hamilton fears "boring" Monaco race despite ultrasoft tyre
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May 26, 2016, 8:23 AM

Lewis Hamilton fears a boring one-stop race in Monaco this weekend, despite the fact the ultrasoft tyre will be making its Formula 1 debut.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
Boats in the scenic Monaco Harbour
Pirelli ultrasoft tyre
Boats in the scenic Monaco Harbour
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
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The Mercedes driver said that the new purple-marked tyre is still not soft enough to make a substantial impact on strategy, with one stop likely to remain the default choice.

“Unfortunately most likely it's going to be exactly the same as it was before,” he said when asked by Motorsport.com about the ultrasoft.

“There are no real great decisions that are going to be made that are going to make this race any better. The last two, three, four years it's been a one-stop race, which is the most boring."

"So everyone here knows that [whoever is on] pole position, mostly they are going to win. It's a one-stop race, so it's a procession."

Hamilton added that Pirelli would have to consider introducing an even softer tyre to make anything other than a one-stop strategy viable at Monaco.

"Why don't we have more stops?" he said. "The ultra soft is not really a soft. We need ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra, at least four times softer tyres, so we can do more stops.

"It mixes it up more, and there are all these safety cars.

“My first years [in Monaco], when there were more stops, were way more exciting. But they won't do that.

"We're going to be two seconds faster this year than we were last year, but overtaking is going to be the same.”

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Location Monte Carlo
Drivers Lewis Hamilton Shop Now
Author Adam Cooper