After the dramatic Belgian Grand Prix, F1’s CEO answers to Lewis Hamilton’s “money speaks” insult.
On the contentious Belgian Grand Prix, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali disagreed with Lewis Hamilton. The British player’s championship lead has been whittled down to just three points.
Following the atypical Belgian Grand Prix, the F1 CEO retorted to Lewis Hamilton’s remark that “money talks.”
Stefano Domenicali dismissed the seven-time champion’s claim that money influenced the officials’ decision to recognize the Belgian Grand Prix as a race.
“When I hear there was some commercial debate behind that, it’s just false,” he told Motorsport.com. “When we’re talking about racing, there is responsibility, there is a defined process, and those things are not connected at all.”
Heavy rain delayed the start of the race at Spa yesterday, forcing authorities to send the cars back into the pit lane due to poor visibility.
The drivers attempted to race again later, but the conditions appeared to have deteriorated significantly.
Two laps of the track, however, were required to constitute a race, which was held behind a safety car.
That was enough to assure that the top ten received half-points.
In a stinging Belgian GP verdict, Lewis Hamilton attacks F1 bosses, saying, “Sport made a horrible choice.”
Even if the race does not go through as scheduled, F1 will still get its full sanctioning fee, according to Domenicali.
“Absolutely. That’s why I stated it’s incorrect to think of it as something with a commercial implication,” he explained.
Because there were only two completed circuits behind the safety car, the classification was decided in the qualifying session on Saturday.
Hamilton finished third in the race, with Max Verstappen taking the win and George Russell finishing second, giving him his first career podium.
As a result, only about 75% of the race could be finished, and drivers in the top ten were only given half of the points they would normally receive.
Verstappen received 12.5 points for his victory, reducing his rival’s championship lead to three points.
Hamilton urged that racegoers be given refunds for their tickets.
He said that the F1 bosses were motivated by the financial consequences of entirely quitting the competition.
“Money talks, and the first two laps of the race were all about money,” Hamilton said on Sky Sports. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”