What went wrong at the Belgian Grand Prix? The whole timeline of Lewis Hamilton’s comical day in Formula One.
The Belgian Grand Prix was won by Max Verstappen, but in unique circumstances. The race at Spa was hampered by rain, and Hamilton delivered his candid view of the day’s events.
The Formula One schedule returned with the Belgian Grand Prix after a four-week summer hiatus.
With Lewis Hamilton leading Max Verstappen by just eight points in the Drivers’ Championship, fans were eager to see who would take the lead in what was supposed to be an exciting race.
Heavy rain, however, prevented spectators from witnessing the duo’s struggle, and just two circuits of the track were completed behind the safety car.
This was done to create the illusion of a race and allow drivers to be awarded points.
The drivers were only given half of the customary points total because less than 75% of the allocated laps were completed.
Verstappen of Red Bull won the rain-soaked race, which was only the sixth occasion in Formula One history that half-points were awarded.
George Russell of Williams finished second on the grid for his first podium of his fledgling Formula One career, while defending champion Lewis Hamilton finished third.
As a result, Verstappen earned 12.5 points, while Hamilton finished third, reducing Hamilton’s eight-point championship advantage to just three points.
Due to the poor visibility caused by the spray shooting up from each car despite the fact that they were not traveling at full speed, drivers were unable to get out on the track without the assistance of a safety car.
The race was initially delayed by ten minutes, but further delays meant that the formation lap didn’t begin until around 2.25 p.m.
However, the red flags were deployed just five minutes later, resulting in a nearly three-hour delay before the vehicles were able to return to the course.
The race was eventually rescheduled for 5.17pm UK time, and the drivers exited behind a safety car with no competitive racing.
The red flags were raced again after two circuits, since it was judged impossible for the teams to race in the hazardous conditions.
Finally, at 5.45 p.m., the race result was announced, with Verstappen claiming victory based on his qualifying result.
Russell finished second for the first time in Formula One, while Hamilton finished third, according to the “Brinkwire Summary News”.