There isn’t much to say about the Belgian Grand Prix. The race was a two-lap affair behind the Safety Car after a 3-hour rain delay that rewarded Max Verstappen the win with George Russel scoring his first podium finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton in third.
The event paid out half points and narrows the lead Hamilton has over Max to just 3 points. Lewis Hamilton as not happy with the 2-lap event and said he hoped the fans would get their money back for the debacle.
There is very little doubt that all the teams, drivers and fans wanted to race and now the endless debate on technical, sporting and international sporting codes will be licked about for a week ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix next weekend. The accusations and frustration will be tangible and I see Gary Anderson has already thrown teh glove down with Michael Masi’s handling of the race.
What are your thoughts?
Pirelli key moments:
- The Belgian Grand Prix was run over just three laps due to bad weather – making it the shortest race in Formula 1 history – with half-points awarded. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was declared the winner, ahead of Williams driver George Russell and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
- The race was delayed for more than three hours following the initial start procedure, with all the drivers on the Cinturato Blue wet tyre for the re-start from the pitlane. After the cars followed the safety car for a three laps, in heavy rain with ambient temperatures of 14 degrees and track temperatures of 15 degrees, the red flag was shown, with the race subsequently ended.
- The wet weather tyres were used for the bulk of the weekend, with the free practice and qualifying sessions also wet. Throughout Friday and Saturday, the Cinturato Green intermediate showed strong performance with solid resistance to aquaplaning.