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Jolyon Palmer joins in discussion about improving Monaco Grand Prix

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After Sunday's Grand Prix in Monaco contained little excitement and few events, many F1 drivers and pundits say the circuit needs a revamp.

Jolyon Palmer, who is the racing pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live and a former F1 driver for Renault, made his opinions clear that the Monte Carlo track needs to be made a lot more exciting, not just for the viewers, but for the drivers as well.

Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and double world champion Fernando Alonso have also stressed their disappointment with the circuit, with Hamilton insisting that "It wasn't really racing."

The course is renowned for being difficult to overtake on due to its slow corners, and Sunday's display was no different as the uneventful race ended with the first six on the grid finishing in the exact same order.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was able to be comfortably win in Monaco despite managing a 25 per-cent power deficit throughout the race, and that really tells its own story.

When reviewing the race, Palmer suggested a few ways in which he felt Formula One could adapt in order to improve this world-famous event.

“I am a firm believer in tradition in Formula 1 and I absolutely love the Monaco Grand Prix and believe it has its place as the jewel in the crown on the calendar,” Palmer wrote in his post-Monaco column on BBC Sport.

“But, F1 must work hard to make sure a race like this doesn't happen again.

“They could change the format of the race or add in some unique element for this one event," Palmer said.

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“Perhaps allowing drivers to use the DRS overtaking aid everywhere, or a second mandatory pit stop, or even changing the track layout, as long as they don't rob Monaco of its special challenge and best corners.

“I’m sure they are looking at all the options after Sunday's race, but something must surely be done so we aren't all falling asleep in our armchairs on the afternoon of what should be the sport's greatest spectacle,” the pundit finished by saying.

Despite this race not living up to some expectations, the F1 season will no doubt get back on track for next week's Grand Prix in Toronto.

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