Verstappen declared winner of Belgian GP washout
The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix has been deserted and Max Verstappen declared the winner amid torrential rain at Spa-Francorchamps.
Half factors have been awarded to the drivers in qualifying order — much less Sergio Perez, who dropped to final due to a crash on the reconnaissance lap — after two laps have been accomplished behind the protection automobile to fulfill the rules to supply a classification, in need of the 75 % required to award full factors.
Rain had lashed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps all day and intensified within the lead-up to the race. By the point pit lane opened grip was so low that Sergio Perez slid off the highway at Les Combes and embedded himself within the barrier, leaving him unable to make it to the grid.
The race begin was subsequently suspended for 25 minutes earlier than the grid departed for a sequence of formation laps behind the protection automobile, however after two exploratory laps race management known as off the beginning process and threw a purple flag.
“I already can’t see something, guys,” Hamilton radioed his workforce from third place, complaining in regards to the density of the spray with solely Verstappen and George Russell forward of him.
“I’ve to depart a bit bit extra space to the protection automobile as a result of I can’t see something,” Verstappen mentioned, although the Dutchman added he felt the observe was in any other case raceable however the dearth of visibility.
The grid returned to pit lane to attend for a break within the climate, and race management paused the three-hour time restrict on the overall length of the occasion within the hope the rain would abate earlier than sundown.
After a suspension of virtually 200 minutes, the climate subsided sufficient to ponder a race, which acquired underway with a 60-minute time restrict behind the protection automobile. However visibility was little improved when 20 automobiles returned to the observe, and after two laps shrouded in mist the race was purple flagged and finally known as off altogether.
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