Hamilton sparks debate with 'boring' Monaco jibe

Reigning Formula one champion Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have sparked a big debate on social media after labelling the Monaco Grand Prix “boring.”

Hamilton finished behind race winner Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, with his championship lead over the German trimmed to 14 points.

Fernando Alonso had been seventh before retiring his McLaren with transmission problems on lap 48.

The top six finishers remained in grid position, with Ricciardo winning for Red Bull from pole despite having to manage problems with his car’s power unit for nearly two thirds of the distance.

Hamilton was scathing in his assessment of the race afterwards.

“It was a super-unexciting race for everyone,” the Englishman declared.

Hamilton then went one step further after agreeing with a fan who described the Monaco Grand Prix as the “most boring race ever.”

Hamilton described the Monaco GP as “boring” after his third place finish. Pic: Getty

“Thank God you said it,” Hamilton shot back.

“I thought I was the only one. Wow, it was intensely boring. Oh my God, yes.

“We are driving at high speed, there is not a lot of action, you’re just trying to bring it home, for 56 laps. Oh my God, it was long.

“Forty laps to go, I was like, Oh God, please. When it finished, I was like, ‘thank goodness’.”

Alonso echoed Hamilton’s sentiments in a similarly scathing assessment of the race.

“This is probably the most boring race ever,” Alonso told reporters.

“Without a safety car, without yellow flags, I think the sport needs to think a little bit about the show because this is very disappointing,” said the Spaniard, who missed last year’s race to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

“I think we probably need to give something to the fans at the end of the race just to pay the ticket back a little.”

The controversial views of the multiple world champions were met with mixed responses from fans on social media.

Hamilton, a four-times world champion and Alonso’s former teammate, said it had been the “longest 78 laps ever”.

Last year he had managed only seventh as Mercedes struggled around the tight and twisty layout while Ferrari enjoyed a dominant one-two.

But the Briton, still a big fan of the glamorous location and pre-race build-up, was frustrated by an afternoon spent at reduced speed to save the tyres on a one-stop strategy and with no chance of overtaking.

“Formula One needs to apply a different schedule here. It should not be a one-stop race, for example,” said Hamilton, a two-times winner in Monaco, who said he would have been asleep on the sofa if watching on television.

The win was Ricciardo’s first at the Monaco GP. Pic: Getty

One man who was celebrating, and not complaining of boredom either, was Ricciardo.

At any other track, with his engine problems, he would have been overtaken and forgotten.

The Australian performed a jubilant “shoey” celebration on the podium, quaffing champagne from his sweaty racing boot and making Red Bull’s technical head Adrian Newey share the experience.

The magnum of champagne was then handed to Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene to drink straight from the oversized bottle.

With agencies