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“There were heated arguments in Race Control”: Martin Brundle talks comments on the delay to the start of the Monaco Grand Prix

The unnecessary delay before the Monaco Grand Prix was questioned by many, and now Martin Brundle is sharing what went on between the Race Control personnel during that time.

Monaco Grand Prix

The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix brought flashbacks from the 2021 Belgium Grand Prix as the rain soaked GP was postponed by the FIA even before the cars could have 1 racing lap around the principality of Monaco. There was a forecast of heavy rain on the sunday of the Monaco Grand Prix and it came true as the rain came pouring down and conditions became treacherous. The drivers were already on the grid and they started their formation laps behind the safety car. However after 3 formation laps the FIA instructed the cars to get back to the pits and the start was delayed.

There was quite a bit of confusion regarding the decision as it seemed that the rain was getting lighter. But the FIA just wasn’t ready to let the drivers race. However, later when the showers eased off, the actual cause was found, why the FIA wasn’t ready to start the race. Apparently the intensity of the rain had caused the starting system to break down, which had led to a lot of confusion and hassle within the race control team

The Race Control team were themselves shrouded in confusion about when the Monaco Grand Prix should get going

The Monaco Grand Prix 2022

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Former driver and Sky Sports analyst Martin Brundle explained, “A couple of reliable sources tell me that there were heated arguments in Race Control during the impasse as we all looked on unsure of what was happening.

Martin Brundle further explained that were some fundamental mistakes made at the Monaco Grand Prix. For example, the safety car was not doing laps around the track to analyse the conditions. He feels that there needs to be a team of experts, with someone who goes over the track and the systems and someone who keeps communication with the teams.

Brundle said, “What happened to Michael Masi in the aftermath has made the job a poisoned chalice and that’ll take some fixing if indeed that’s possible. He was the right man for the job, Charlie’s understudy, but frankly, F1 and the FIA were winging it at times and the whole thing skidded off track with regard to dominant race control and refereeing, which is essential.

It was made clear by all the hassle and confusion that there is much more for the race control to figure out before they can achieve perfection.

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