Initially putting it down to safety, Race Control’s issues getting Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix going were compounded by a power outage.
There was confusion at the start of the Monte Carlo race as the rain came down; the drivers sat on the grid waiting for the formation lap.
That resulted in two delays, the formation lap eventually going off at 3:16pm local time but that coincided with a heavy downpour, the drivers doing two laps behind the Safety Car before lining up in pit lane.
A 45-minute delay followed.
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That was due to a power outage that caused the starting systems to fail, the heavy rain having played havoc with the power supply.
Race Control had hoped to make it a standing start but weren’t able to because of the outage so when the race did get going just after 4pm local time, it was a rolling start.
The FIA confirmed that the late rolling restart was “primarily…