Max Verstappen was crowned the youngest Grand Prix winner in Formula 1 history when the Belgian Grand Prix was left with only four laps completed behind the safety car, including the formation leap. Lewis Hamilton called the race a “fraud” and said that in the end the extra two laps were completed only for financial reasons.
The venue of the 12th race of the season, Spa Francochamps, was bathed in heavy rain on Sunday, making it impossible for cars to get off the track and race safely. Even though the track was probably quite dry, there was no visibility for the drivers behind other cars to finally run.
After several delays, the race started behind the safety car, but after only two laps, the cars were brought into the pits. There were still three hours left for the cars to re-run, and then it was only for two laps in the back of the safety car – then it was decided that the required lapses for ranking were completed, which led to the race being abandoned. ۔
Worstapen won another, while Williams George Russell took his first podium in the F1 when he finished second on the podium with Hamilton. With less than 75% of the race completed, the drivers were awarded only half a point, which means that Mercedes has a three-point lead in the seven-time World Championship.
Hamilton looked uninterested during the podium celebrations, and soon revealed his views. When he called the race a “mockery” on social media. And questioned the decision to complete the additional two lapses so that they could meet their financial obligations to broadcasters and administrators.
“I mean, talk of money,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.. “It was literally two laps to start the race, it’s all about money.”
“So everyone gets their money and I think the fans should get their money back too because unfortunately, they didn’t see what they came for and paid for it. Well, very sad. Of course we couldn’t do that. But today’s race wasn’t. “
The Mercedes driver added, “I think the game made a bad choice today.”
Of course, the views of the British racing driver were rejected by F1 CEO Stefano Dominicli, who insisted that there was no financial angle when it came to race director Michael Messi’s decisions.
“Truth be told, as I said, I really wanted to run, but the weather got worse,” Dominicli said. As referenced on planet F1.
“And with the comments that were gaining race control, it was really wrong to keep doing that. [racing] Because it was clear that unfortunately the weather would not improve after this gap. “