Formula 1: the Belgian GP stopped, Verstappen victorious in front of Russell after four short laps

More than three hours of waiting, lost hopes of departure, then … a final stop. The frustrating 2021 Belgian Grand Prix lasted only 4 laps under a safety car regime due to incessant rain. The final classification is therefore identical to the starting grid at Spa-Francorchamps: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) “won” ahead of the surprise George Russell (Williams) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Note, a major difference compared to a classic race: the regulations stipulate that beyond the first 2 laps and below 75% of the race distance covered, only half of the points are distributed. Verstappen therefore pocketed 12.5 points, against 9 for Russell and 7.5 for Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman took the opportunity to come back to 3 points behind the Englishman in the general classification.

Perez last, the French placed

The big loser of this extremely shortened race (apart from the public who remained in the flood all afternoon) is the Mexican Sergio Perez (Red Bull), who went into the wall during his grid-setting lap and last of the race. The French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) finished 6th and 7th respectively.

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