Lewis Hamilton Insists Monaco GP “Not Fun” Even for the Race Winner

Published 05/28/2021, 4:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea


With a P7 finish in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton had his worst race of the season this Sunday. To add to his misery, he also relinquished the championship lead to his Red Bull rival, Max Verstappen.

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Although he had the pace on Thursday, he was far from it on Saturday and Sunday in the Principality. Few days on from Monaco, Hamilton spoke about the relief of being done with the race, and what makes it boring even when winning.

Lewis Hamilton highlights why Monaco is boring even when winning

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The championship battle is at its fiercest in recent times. For the first time in a while, a Red Bull driver is at the top of the driver’s championship. With Max Verstappen now four points ahead of Hamilton, the Monaco Grand Prix was one to forget for the Briton.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Starting and finishing P7 on Sunday, Lewis pointed out why Monaco is a boring race. The 36-year-old said“I’ve been saying it time and time again, it doesn’t matter what position you’re in, this track is just not fun to race on. Because you don’t see any overtaking, you can’t follow.”“But even when you’re leading the race and you’re far ahead, it’s also boring. I’m sure for Max it was a pretty chilled afternoon for him.”

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Hamilton: Probably won’t re-watch the race

Hamilton expressed relief after the Monaco Grand Prix. The Briton mentioned he would only watch highlights to understand what went wrong.

“I’m glad the race is over because it was the longest race,” said Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton reacts as Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position after the qualifying session Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

“I probably won’t re-watch this race. I’ll probably watch a highlight just to kind of [get] a bit of an understanding of where I lost three places, for example, or potentially three places, two at least.”

After a disappointing weekend in Monaco, Hamilton’s focus now shifts to Baku. With just four points between him and Verstappen, Hamilton will hope for Mercedes to overcome their weakness in street circuits. Will we see a new championship leader on June 6? Or will Hamilton fall further behind Verstappen?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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