The most exciting and most ‘racing’ moment of the Belgian Grand Prix in terms of race Sunday was the driving mistake of Sergio Perez in Les Combes in the laps from the pit lane to the starting grid. After that the drivers never really raced, given that the few laps performed were performed in columns behind the Safety Car without obviously being able to change the order of ‘procession’. Race Direction tried to start the Grand Prix on two occasions, at 15:30 and 18:17. In between, a very long two-hour break in which the public waited hopefully and in vain to attend the Grand Prix, enduring a decidedly unhappy situation on the Spa collies that were obviously turning into swamps.
Helmut Marko, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel had harsh words especially for the handling of the situation by the Race Direction. The fact that safety was put first is obviously not in question, but they could have had more respect for the paying public in their opinion. The official account F1 Average of the FIA, of Liberty Media and of the FOM has released a brief statement relating to the management of this Sunday that promised to be memorable, but it will not be for the feats consumed on the track in a race that went on file without ever competing.
“Following the significant weather disturbance that hit the Belgian Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 are sorry for all the fans on the track and at home that today’s race has not been fully disputed, but the safety of the drivers, the commissioners and the public must always be the priority. The decision by the Race Commissioners to extend the window in which the race could take place was an attempt to explore all possible opportunities for the Grand Prix to take effect, but unfortunately the weather conditions have not improved enough to complete more laps“, the official note published by the Federation.
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