By dedicating this Sunday Max Verstappen winner of the Belgian Grand Prix after only two laps in slow motion, behind the safety car, under the deluge that hit Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 has discredited itself in the eyes of the public and has raised a number of questions.
What does the regulation says?
According to the rules of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), “half of the points will be awarded if the leader has completed more than two laps but less than 75% of the initial race distance “. It is not stipulated that this must be done without a safety car, so F1 was able to designate a winner and distribute points to the top ten. According to another point of the regulations, the classification is confirmed on the penultimate lap before a race interruption. Which turns out to be quite funny here: the GP only lasted one lap and 3 minutes 27 seconds and 71/1000. By far the shortest in history.
Why not have canceled the race?
Never has a GP been canceled on race day and F1 surely did not want to set that precedent. Especially since the discipline aims this year to organize a record number of Grands Prix.
Should we change the rules?
The drivers themselves don’t understand: “It’s a joke. I thought you had to do 25% of the race to get points, ”said Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin). “ It’s shocking. How can you give points for a non-race? “Asked another former world champion, Fernando Alonso (Alpine). Discussions could take place to discuss a possible change.
Wasn’t it possible to run yesterday?
“There is no possibility of postponing the race until tomorrow (Monday),” said Michael Masi, race director on Sunday. Why ? ” The list would be long “, he evaded, without mentioning the case of the numerous marshals, most of them volunteers … and employees. Also in question, the monster logistics engendered by the displacement of the gigantic paddock in time to be ready for the next GP, in the Netherlands, this weekend. The weather was also a black spot yesterday in Spa.
Are there financial reasons for the decision?
For Hamilton, this “ farce ” was the “ wrong choice ”. The seven-time Mercedes world champion ruled that ” the money has spoken “. But Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said F1 would still have received its income from the race promoter if the cars had not left the pits.
Are there any precedents?
Never has a GP designated a winner without a real race lap. But some had already given half the points because of the rain: in Malaysia in 2009, in Australia in 1991 or in Monaco in 1984.