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Strong criticism of FIA approach: 'Why do we still have extreme wets?'

Strong criticism of FIA approach: 'Why do we still have extreme wets?'

4 October - 17:19 Last update: 22:10
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Many predicted that the chance of rain for the Singapore Grand Prix had largely passed, but some 75 minutes before the start, rain started pouring down anyway. Once it dried up, race control decided to delay the start by over an hour, much to the displeasure of Martin Brundle and others.

Why still rain tyres in F1?

In his column for Sky Sports Brundle complains about the race management's approach. "Singapore is very used to this kind of precipitation and has the drainage gulleys to prove it, but we still waited until the weather front had completely passed before initiating the whole start procedure 65 minutes behind schedule," the analyst states.

According to Brundle, the race could perfectly well have started earlier as Formula 1 teams have tyres for heavy rain at their disposal. "We have to wonder why we carry 'extreme wet' tyres all around the world if we never run when there's standing water," concluded the former F1 driver. The drivers eventually started on intermediates, after the FIA allowed the Marina Bay Street Circuit to dry for over three-quarters of an hour.

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