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Monaco Grand Prix 2022

Was F1's cautious start to Monaco an insult to the drivers' abilities?

Rain fell just before the start of the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Race Director took a hotly-debated decision to delay proceedings before eventually announcing a rolling start.

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Rain before the start of the Monaco Grand Prix caused chaos on the grid and in the pit lane, with mechanics scrambling to fit wet tyres on their cars. There followed a delayed start procedure, a formation lap behind the Safety Car, and finally a red flag before the race finally got underway – with a rolling start – over an hour later than billed.

In only his second appearance in the role, should Race Director Eduardo Freitas have been more decisive, and was the use of a rolling start an insult to the ability of F1's drivers?

Michael Butterworth is joined by RacingNews365.com's Editorial Director Dieter Rencken to look back over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Once the action finally got underway, a wet-to-dry race and varying tyre strategies saw Sergio Perez claim his third Grand Prix win and his first at Monaco. The Mexican now sits only 15 points behind teammate and championship leader Max Verstappen. Is Perez genuinely in this year's title fight?

After pole-sitter and early leader Charles Leclerc lost out to emerge only fourth after the pit-stops, does this point to organisational problems at Ferrari?

And with Daniel Ricciardo serving up yet more lacklustre fare in Monaco, will McLaren look to replace him next year?

All this and much more on this edition of the RacingNews365.com podcast!

F1 2022 Monaco Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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