Lewis Hamilton responds to claims he 'criticised FIA' for Monaco Grand Prix delays


Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton has hit back at claims he ‘criticised’ the FIA for the rain-soaked delays that derailed the start of the Monaco Grand Prix. The iconic race was delayed for around an hour before it got started amid a sudden and unexpected downfall of rain. 

Red Bull star Sergio Perez – who has signed a two-year extension with the Milton Keynes-based team – secured the monumental win on Sunday, with the Mexican taking advantage of Ferrari’s erroneous strategy. The Italians threw away what would have been a sure-fire win after they locked out the front row, with Charles Leclerc falling from pole to fourth.

Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz finished second, sandwiched between the two Red Bulls on the podium. These events unfolded after the dramatic start of the race, which has led to stark criticism directed at the FIA, the sport’s governing body.

The FIA were heavily criticised after race director Eduardo Freitas delayed the start of the race due to rain, and Hamilton was among several drivers who said they could have started the Monaco Grand Prix before the rain got too heavy. The 37-year-old thought the FIA was too conservative and concerned that drivers had not done any wet running up to that point.

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