Formula 1 – Belgian Grand Prix – The race stopped because of the rain, Max Verstappen winner, Hamilton 3rd

The masquerade ended at 6:45 p.m. After a wait of a little less than four hours, punctuated by the speedy loops of the safety car and the timid appearance of the 20 single-seaters for a few minutes on the track, the Belgian Grand Prix has officially ended. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won a race that only offered two or three laps starting at 6:17 p.m.

Without having completed at least 34 laps, the Dutchman will settle for 12.5 points, half of the reward normally awarded to the winner. George Russell (Williams) signed the first podium of his career after splashing the qualifiers with his talent yesterday and ahead of his -probable- future teammate at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton.

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A lunar and … very rainy Sunday

We thought we had experienced a lot during the first 11 rounds of the 2021 World Championship: dropouts, a Verstappen-Hamilton duel that turns into a clash at Silverstone, cancellations of events, a game of bowling in Hungary which leads to a French victory, the second in the space of ten months after 24 years of waiting between Olivier Panis and Pierre Gasly …

But the Formula 1 fan was far from imagining the incredible scenario of the Belgian Grand Prix this Sunday afternoon: rain, Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) went off the track during the grid-setting lap, a start delayed several times, rain, the appearance of single-seaters behind the safety car for a few loops, drivers who do not understand what they are doing on the track because of the extremely reduced visibility through the walls of water and who complain of an impassable roadway.

Then there was the wait, again and again for rain, then, finally, a departure under the safety car regime from 6:17 p.m., a red flag at 6:27 p.m. and an end of the event recorded at 6:45 p.m. … under the flood. The race on the Ardennes toboggan was cut short (by far the shortest Grand Prix in history after 10 minutes on the track) and turned to the ridiculous, crowning poleman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and offering George Russell (Williams ) his first podium in F1 after just four laps.

George Russell, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the podium at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix

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Verstappen returns to three points from Hamilton

For the rest, the starting grid has been fixed to offer the official classification of the Belgian round. Of course, safety is essential, the day after Lando Norris (McLaren) crashed during qualifying while Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) called for the suspension of the session and after multiple incidents in the different categories. But this decision to wait for a more favorable window to maintain a sham race, at all costs, gave birth to an ubiquitous situation.

Vettel, whose voice when it comes to the safety of pilots, did not hesitate to mention, on the radio and therefore publicly, the power of money in television channels. Race director Michael Masi, already pinned yesterday by the quadruple German world champion, will appreciate. It remains that the pilots were “bored”, according to Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), 6th in the race.

It was a Grand Prix for nothing“, dared Fernando Alonso (Alpine, 11th). What about the spectators who waited in the rain in uncertainty? The result of the Belgian Grand Prix has” at least the merit “of maintaining the suspense in the fight for the world title : Hamilton retains control of the championship but his lead over Verstappen has shrunk to three points (202.5 to 199.5). We hope for a completely different show next week, in Zandvoort, on the land of the Batavian.

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