Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2022 live updates: Race finally begins after rain delay, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Charles Leclerc, starting grid

The Monaco Grand Prix is ​​finally underway after wet weather caused a huge delay at the iconic Formula 1 race.

Welcome to’s coverage of tonight’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc dominated qualifying and will start from pole position as he strives for a storybook victory in his home race.

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The Monagesque driver is hoping to break his streak of five DNFs in the five Monaco Grands Prix he has contested so far in his career.

Joining him on the front row are Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen occupy the second row of the grid.

The race finally started

After an hour of rain, the Monaco Grand Prix finally takes place in the rain.

Charles Leclerc is leading the race, but the wet track is likely to trigger pit stop chaos as drivers at the front of the grid look to switch to intermediate tires as the track dries out.

Start of the race delayed

Some early drama with the start of the race delayed just when the drivers were ready to go as the rain started to fall over Monaco.

The delay sparked pandeonium in the pits as teams rushed to change tires in the wet weather.

The formation lap will start behind a safety car.

Commentators are puzzled. Race management decided to delay the start of the race as the rain fell only lightly at the start.

It is now raining heavily and the race was red flagged before it even started.

Mounting pressure on Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo will start from 14th place after crashing out in practice and not entering Q3.

Pressure is mounting on the Australian to perform, with McLaren boss Zak Brown this week urging him to improve his game and hinting at an exit clause in his contract if his poor showing continues.

Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, brother of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, says rumors surrounding Ricciardo’s future at McLaren are only intensifying.

“At McLaren there is one or the other rumour,” he told Sky Germany.

“The rumours, as well as the statements within the team, are getting louder and louder. He’s just too far away from his teammate (Lando Norris).

“I’m curious what the future looks like for him. It will be quite difficult for him. »

Schumacher added that crashes like Ricciardo’s in training could start playing in his mind.

“If an accident like that happens to him…it will affect him mentally,” he said.

“If it stays that way now, I don’t see it at McLaren next year.

“A lot is happening now. It will really start in August or September at the latest.

The race will start at 11 p.m. (AEST).

Monaco Grand Prix Starting Grid

1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

2) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull

4) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

5) Lando Norris, McLaren

6) George Russell, Mercedes

7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine

8) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

9) Sebastien Vettel, Aston Martin

10) Esteban Ocon, Alpine

11) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

12) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

13) Kevin Magnussen, Haas

14) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

15) Mick Schumacher, Haas

16) Alex Albon, Williams

17) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri

18) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

19) Nicholas Latifi, Williams

20) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

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