Discussions will be held among all stakeholders about possible regulation changes. It is understood that there is an interest in examining what could be done to prevent similar situations from happening again.
By James Galloway
Last updated: 30/08/21 at 2:51pm
F1 stakeholders will review the Belgian GP events and discuss what can be done to improve the future rules.
Spa-Francorchamps’ Sunday action was effectively washed-out. There were no racing laps. However, a result could still be called. Half-points were awarded to those who completed two laps behind the Safety Car after long rain delays.
This meant that the qualifying order was finalized and Max Verstappen, pole-sitter, won the race with Williams’ George Russell coming in second and Lewis Hamilton taking third.
F1 regulations permit such a situation, but it is expected that the sport and its teams will talk to the FIA to discuss how they can prevent the same scenario from happening again.
Drivers and bosses supported the decision to not start the race due to the dangerous conditions. However, there was criticism about the fact that a classification could still be given without racing.
McLaren boss Zak brown, who was fourth after Daniel Ricciardo qualified in that position, stated that the entire sport needed to examine what had happened and make changes.
Brown, McLaren Racing CEO, stated that “I believe the FIA did all they could to make the race happen, but they clearly can’t control weather.” They must ensure the safety of the drivers, as the weather was not conducive to racing.
The regulations say that a race can only be called when you have completed a number of laps. This needs to be reexamined.
“That’s what the rules state, but we need to all learn from it and realize that we can make this situation work for everyone, regardless of whether the next day is or not.
On Monday, the Alfa Romeo team released a statement saying that they hope “lessons are learned”.
The team stated that they had made the right decision to not race under these conditions in order to protect the safety of drivers and spectators.
However, we could have handled the situation much more effectively by not seeing the race that was shown yesterday. This outcome is hurtful for all of us, but especially the fans who were disappointed and didn’t see the spectacle they expected.
We hope that we have learned lessons yesterday that will help us in the future, and put our supporters in the right position to support the sport.
Lewis Hamilton claimed that there were financial reasons behind his decision to do the minimum two laps required to be declared a winner, but Stefano Domenicali, F1 president insists this is not true. He also called Sunday’s events “failure”
Publié Mon, 30 August 2021 at 13:55:29 +0000