Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was declared winner of the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorchamps circuit on Sunday after completing just two laps of the rain-affected race. The ‘race’ was impacted by torrential rainstorms with the start of the race called off numerous times due to bad weather with drivers held in the pits for over an hour.

Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez aquaplaned off the track on the way to the grid and was able to rejoin the race after his team was able to repair his car and get him out to start the race from the pit lane.

The biggest losers from today’s race were the thousands of fans who had traveled from far and wide to watch the race with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton who ended the race in third place calling for the fans to receive a full refund. The biggest winner from today’s ‘race’ was the Williams Racing team and George Russell who finished the event in second place claiming a podium for the Grove-based outfit. Speaking following the ‘race’ Lewis Hamilton said:

Firstly, I’m really disappointed for the fans. It’s no one’s fault, you can’t control the weather, but the fans have been incredible today, sticking with us the whole time, holding out for a potential race, keeping their energy up and creating the atmosphere. They were robbed of a race today, unfortunately. I love racing in the rain, but today was something else. You couldn’t see the car ahead, there was aquaplaning, it was so, so tricky out there. It’s a shame because of course I wanted to race and I love this track as well. I think it would have been a great race if it hadn’t rained so hard, but unfortunately it just didn’t stop.

Daniel Ricciardo in his 200th Grand Prix start finished the race in fourth place just ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly while Esteban Ocon was seventh place while Nicholas Latifi scored points for the Williams Racing team for the second event in a row coming home in ninth place just behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and just ahead of Carlos Sainz.

Fernando Alonso came home in eleventh place for the Alpine F1 Team just ahead of Valtteri Bottas who spoke after the race saying:

It’s a huge shame, of course, that we couldn’t race and there were many committed fans out there, waiting for us to get started but we couldn’t. They were still smiling throughout and in good spirits, so hats off to them. And obviously for me, with the penalty I had and the bad qualifying, being outside the top 10 on the grid meant I couldn’t fight for any points. There was a fair amount of standing water but the main thing was the visibility, particularly on the straights. It was really poor and would have been too dangerous. Thankfully there isn’t long to wait for the next race, Zandvoort is a new track on the calendar, I have raced there before in Formula 3 back in the day, so I’m looking forward to that.

Antonio Giovinazzi was classified in 13th just ahead of Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda who commented after the race saying:

“It was clearly not possible to race today, especially for any drivers from P7 onwards, I think the visibility was just too poor. It would’ve been far too dangerous to race in these conditions here today, particularly on such a high-speed track like Spa, so for safety I think the FIA made the right decision today. Obviously, it’s disappointing on a personal note to not have had the opportunity to race for points today, but safety is far more important.”

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin were 16th and 17th respectively for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of Lance Stroll and Kimi Raikkonen while Sergio Perez was classified in 20th.

It was clearly not a good day for Formula One and race fans however, the Dutch Grand Prix is next weekend and we will all hope for a better race there. Due to the race today being just two laps, the drivers were awarded half points meaning Max Verstappen heads to his home race just three points behind Lewis Hamilton.

 

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