Toto Wolff compares the 2022 Monaco GP to an NFL game

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the stoppages of the Monaco Grand Prix made it seem more like “an American football game”.

The actual start of the Monaco Grand Prix got delayed quite considerably due to rain, and it took more than an hour for the race to get going under green flag conditions.

The race was then stopped once more after Mick Schumacher’s horrific crash. Toto Wolff says the race seemed like an NFL game.

“The format, how it was, was more an American football game,” the Austrian said with a smile.

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

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However, Wolff ultimately backs the FIA’s decision to delay the start of the race.

“The rain at the beginning was torrential. I don’t think that you can start a race with thunderstorms moving into Monaco like this so I have no beef at all with the start having been delayed a few times.

“You need to give [FIA race director Eduardo] Freitas and the race directors the credit that this was a very difficult race to manage.

“I would have hoped for an earlier start when it had dried up but I think there was a problem with connectivity with Biggin Hill and that is why they couldn’t get it going,” Toto concluded.

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