FIA explains Monaco GP start delay

Charles Leclerc circulates behind the Safety Car in Monaco

The FIA has moved to explain why race control decided to delay the start of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.

Rain shortly before the scheduled start time saw the procedure suspended, leading to confusion and consternation.

Initially the rain was only a light drizzle, intensifying once the Safety Car finally led the field away 16 minutes later than planned.

“Race control was monitoring a severe downpour rapidly approaching the circuit,” a statement from the FIA said.

“As it arrived during the start procedure, the safety-car start and its associated procedures were implemented.

“This was done for safety reasons because there has been no wet running this weekend.”

Having completed a formation lap behind the Safety Car, the red flag was shown as they completed the second.

Officially, the race has not yet commenced.

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