Wolff levels ‘American football’ claim after Monaco GP delay

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff compared the interrupted Monaco Grand Prix to an American football match.

The race suffered two heavy rain breaks which caused a 65-minute delay to the start before a serious crash for Mick Schumacher caused further red flag disruption.

“The format, as it was, was more of an American football game,” Wolff said with a smile.

“You could have hot dogs and beer in between [stints]. But I think at the beginning there was nothing else that could have been done.

The rain started 10 minutes before the scheduled start, catching up with a number of teams as the morning forecast suggested it would not fall until evening.

The FIA ​​has since explained that a power failure caused by torrential rain which knocked out the race control systems, forcing a reset, was to blame for the delay which amounted to 65 minutes in total.

But given the track conditions, Wolff supported FIA race director Eduardo Freitas’ handling of the situation.

“The rain at the start was torrential,” Wolff said. “I don’t think you can start a race with thunderstorms moving towards Monaco like this, so I have no problem with the start being delayed several times.

“You have to give [FIA race director Eduardo] Freitas and the race direction have the credit that it was a very difficult race to manage.

“I would have hoped for an earlier start when it dried up but I think there was a connectivity issue with Biggin Hill and that’s why they couldn’t get it started.”

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