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Rain is not a good enough reason not to race in Formula 1

Rain is not a good enough reason not to race in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton feels Race Control got it wrong delaying the start of the Monaco Grand Prix as rain is “not a good enough reason” not to race.

The formation lap at the Monaco Grand Prix was twice pushed back, the FIA releasing a statement saying that was done with the safety of the drivers in mind.

“Race Control was monitoring a severe downpour that was rapidly approaching the circuit,” said motorsport’s governing body.

“As it arrived during the start procedure, the SC start and its associated procedures were implemented. This was done for safety reasons in consideration of no wet running this weekend.”

The irony was that after the delayed start and two formation laps behind the Safety Car, the rain became a serious problem with Race Control having to red-flag the event.

Hamilton feels the start should have gone ahead on time.

“You think they didn’t do a good job? I was not saying it was a mistake – I don’t know the reason for them not sending us out at the get-go – but we are Formula 1 drivers so [the weather] is not a good enough reason,” Hamilton told the PA news agency.

“That’s what I was saying. I was like ‘let’s go’ when it was just drizzling a little bit at the beginning.

“We will talk about it in the drivers’ briefing but we should have started the race.”

Sent back to the pit lane in their race order, the drivers waited a further 45 minutes before the race got under way behind the Safety Car.

All the drivers were on full wet tyres with Race Control declaring a rolling start.

It has subsequently been revealed that was because the rain had caused a power outage that affected the starting procedure, including the lights.

Max Verstappen, speaking before news of the power outage had emerged, said the FIA made the right call for a rolling start as one side of the grid was much wetter than the other and…

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