Verstappen’s triumph, after having contested only two laps behind the safety car, left the fans without a show and caused unrest among the drivers.
Max Verstappen won a race yesterday that was shorter than the anthem that sounded on the podium. The heavy rain that fell on Spa-Francorchamps spoiled a Grand Prix that should serve to revise the current competition regulations. Starting from the premise that safety is not negotiable, the pantomime lived in Belgium opens a debate about what modern Formula 1 represents, which loses epic in comparisons with the triumphs of Schumacher (Ferrari) in Barcelona 1996 or Ayrton Senna ( Lotus) in Estoril 1985, circuits with more water on their track than Spa and which were held from start to finish. The dichotomy between excessive zeal for safety and the need to offer a show under any weather condition is served.
Three hours and 17 minutes after the scheduled time, a Grand Prix began that lasted two laps behind the safety car, which allowed setting up a final classification in which the first ten (there could be no overtaking) received half the usual points . All the cars arrived as they had started, as Saturday’s classification had determined, in a race simulation more typical of a parade than a speed test. Verstappen’s triumph leaves him three points behind Hamilton, third, who leads the World Cup . Neither of them was happy with the caricature lived in one of the most mythical circuits of the Great Circus.
“It was very important to get pole, but it is a great shame not to do real laps, although the conditions were not good. I am very sorry for the fans, who have endured so far, “lamented Verstappen from the Red Bull pit. Hamilton was also not satisfied, who was very critical of the regulations: “I am very sorry for the fans, they have been incredible and have been waiting until now. The track was not in good condition when we started and we did the laps behind the Safety Car to fulfill the requirement. You couldn’t see five meters in front of you, you couldn’t see the flashing light ahead, it’s a shame because I wanted to run. I hope they return the money to the fans. Also George Russell, second in the drawer, was embarrassed. «I feel very sorry for the fans, I want to apologize, “said the Williams rider, rewarded for the excellent classification last Saturday. Carlos Sainz entered the points with his tenth position, which did not make him happy: “To distribute points for a race that has not been seems bad, ” he criticized. Immediately behind Fernando Alonso’s Alpine qualified.