THE MONACO GRAND PRIX was delayed after a heavy rain bathe drenched the circuit seconds earlier than the beginning.
F1 preview: A lap of the Monaco Grand Prix
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The Monaco Grand Prix was red-flagged earlier than any race laps might be accomplished attributable to a heavy rain bathe. The FIA delayed the beginning because the rain intensified however despatched the drivers out for a formation lap to get a really feel for the circumstances.
Nevertheless, the race was stopped on the finish of the primary formation lap for security causes because the rain worsened. It meant F1 confronted the prospect of an analogous situation to final 12 months’s Belgian Grand Prix if the rain continued.
Final 12 months’s race in Spa was delayed for hours after heavy rain meant it was unsafe for the race to begin. Ultimately, race administrators determined to run a handful of laps to attain an official race consequence and half factors have been awarded to the highest 10 runners.
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The Monaco Grand Prix has been pink flagged attributable to heavy rain (Picture: Getty)
Nevertheless, this was unpopular among the many followers and resulted in F1 altering its guidelines forward of the brand new season. Beneath the brand new tips, two racing laps have to be accomplished beneath inexperienced flag circumstances for a consequence to be awarded.
The factors construction has additionally been amended to make sure they’re awarded extra pretty. For races the place simply two laps are accomplished, however 25 % distance just isn’t reached, solely the highest 5 finishers might be given factors.
The winner will get six factors with 4, three, two and one awarded to the remaining.
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F1 has modified its moist climate guidelines for this season (Picture: Getty)
For races the place 25 to 50 per cent of the space is accomplished, factors might be given to the highest 9 finishers within the kind 13 factors, 10, eight, six, 5, 4, three, two, one. For races between 50 per cent however beneath 75 per cent, factors might be issued to the highest 10 however within the order of 19, 14, 12, 9, eight, six, 5, three, two, one.
F1 should full a race two hours after the race begins however this may be elevated to 3 hours within the occasion of moist climate.
The race resumed behind the protection automotive at 15:05 UK time (16:05 native time). On the restart, a number of drivers misplaced management within the moist climate with Nichoals Latifi and Lance Stroll putting the wall.
Nevertheless, some drivers pitted right away to gamble on the intermediate tyres. Pierre Gasly was one among these and initially struggled on his new rubber however is now working his method by means of the sector.