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F1: Ross Brawn plots circuit redraw to make Monaco Grand Prix less BORING

Formula One boss Ross Brawn says he wants to redraw the Monaco Grand Prix circuit to stop a procession at the world’s most glamorous race.

After Max Verstappen‘s pulverising win from the front row on Sunday, Brawn said: ‘It is Monaco and we have had a cursory look at it with nothing obvious, but we will keep trying. 

‘It is a brilliant event with massive history, massive atmosphere and it is a race that everyone wants to win, but we all know the limitations of the track.

Fierce criticism of the layout of the Monaco Grand Prix track could see the circuit redrawn

Fierce criticism of the layout of the Monaco Grand Prix track could see the circuit redrawn

Fierce criticism of the layout of the Monaco Grand Prix track could see the circuit redrawn

Formula One boss Ross Brawn has revealed a redraw is being explored as an option to improve

Formula One boss Ross Brawn has revealed a redraw is being explored as an option to improve

Formula One boss Ross Brawn has revealed a redraw is being explored as an option to improve

‘People often say why don’t you change the tyre strategy, or things like that, but the teams adapt. 

‘We saw it in Singapore a few years ago when the tyres were very soft, the guys just drove very slowly so the pack was close and nobody could pit. The teams find tactics to overcome it.

‘You need to avoid that sort of trickery — where in some racing series you have to divert and go through an overtaking area. I don’t think we should do any of that but we will certainly look at the track.

‘It will not be the first time that someone has tried to make changes and nobody has got anywhere so far, but we do have tools now, our simulation tool for example, and our people will certainly see if there is something we can do.’

The lack of potential overtake opportunities sees the race come in for criticism annually

The lack of potential overtake opportunities sees the race come in for criticism annually

The lack of potential overtake opportunities sees the race come in for criticism annually 

These plans are at an early stage and require approval from the Automobile Club de Monaco — a notoriously conservative organisation.

Lewis Hamilton, who finished a lowly seventh behind winner Max Verstappen on Sunday, said: ‘I was glad when the race was over because it was the longest ever. 

‘I have been saying time and time again, it doesn’t matter what position you are in, this track is not fun to race on because you don’t see any overtaking and you cannot follow.

‘It is great when you win, but even when you are leading and far ahead it is also boring, so I am sure for Max it was a pretty chilled afternoon for him.’ 

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is one critic as he said the circuit in Monaco 'is not fun to race on'

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is one critic as he said the circuit in Monaco 'is not fun to race on'

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is one critic as he said the circuit in Monaco ‘is not fun to race on’