Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2021

The Safety Car leading the rest of the field under wet conditions

After driving just two laps around the circuit, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen scored his 16th(and most probably his weirdest ) Formula One victory at a heavily rain-shortened Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. Drivers were awarded only half points for the race because they completed more than two laps, but less than 75% of the race required for drivers to be awarded total points.

The race was supposed to start at 3:00 pm local time(6:30 pm IST), but it ended up being delayed by 25 mins, after which a pair of formation laps were done behind the safety car before Race Director Michael Masi red-flagged the race.

30 mins before the scheduled start time, Sergio Perez crashed his Red Bull car on his way to the grid. But since the start of the race had been delayed so much, Red Bull had more than enough time to fix his car when the race finally resumed at 6:17 pm local time – more than 3 hours after the 3:00 pm start time.

Only a handful of laps were completed behind the safety car before the race got red-flagged again, leaving Max Verstappen and the rest of the field nothing to do but go back into the pits.

Podium celebrations after the race

Most of the gird ended up finishing where they qualified during qualification. This meant that Williams driver George Russel got his first career podium after putting in a sensational lap during the final moments of Q3 to get P2. He finished ahead of the championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, in P3. Hamilton’s current teammate, Valtteri Bottas, qualified in P8 but finished the race in P13 because of a 5-place grid penalty that he had received for the accident he caused during the last race weekend in Hungary.

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo got his best finish of the season at P4 after having his best qualifying session for his new team. Behind him, Sebastian Vettel finished in P5 and earned his third top-5 finish of the season. AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly finished in P6 ahead of fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon in P7 and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in P8. The other Williams of Nicholas Latifi earned his second points finish of his career after getting P9, ahead of the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who got 0.5 points for finishing in P10.

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