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Kimi Raikkonen wants to see more strategy involved in Formula 1 races

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Formula 1 veteran Kimi Raikkonen has said the races are "not exciting" for the drivers anymore, and suggests adding more pit stops to race day.

F1 has changed drastically since the days of hay bales and gear sticks, but the more recent changes in the sport like the introduction of Drag Reduction System (DRS), all the tyre changes and the added downforce haven't actually made the sport more enjoyable to watch.

The recent and prestigious Monaco Grand Prix received bad press this season, for the conservative manner that the drivers all drove in due to tyre strategy.

And Raikkonen is disappointed with the current spectacle of the sport.

"Yes, we race, but when really nothing happens it's not exciting for us, or any people here, or at home watching on TV," said the Finnish driver this week, who made his debut in the sport way back in 2001.

"Since I started we had quite a bit of overtaking, some years you have more and some less. All the rule changes haven't really changed that. When I started there was no DRS or any of this stuff and we still overtook.

"When you are following cars and going 80% speed in Monaco, every lap, it's not very exciting for us either said Kimi. "This is how it is, unfortunately, in that circuit and some other circuits. It's not great, but what can you do?"

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Every year Formula 1 fans get excited about the new features that will make the cars even faster, but no matter how fast they are, they just aren't furious.

In a bid to make his remaining years in the sport more exciting, Ferrari's Raikkonen thinks forcing more pit stops might be the easiest way to encourage more entertaining races.

"I don't know if Pirelli can decide 'this is how it's going to play out'," he added.


"We've seen over the years it's so difficult, even us as teams don't know what we're going to get [in terms of strategic options] before driving.

"When you have more stops there's more [opportunity] of playing different things and it makes it a bit more exciting, but not always.

"It might be the same story, just stopping more, but it gives more [opportunity] to end up doing one- or two-stops and people mixing it up."

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