Max Verstappen was declared the winner in an unusual way. The Belgian GP officially 'drove' only 2 laps behind the Safety Car, after which it was stopped and half of the points were awarded to drivers who are in the top 10.
The race was supposed to officially start at 15:00, but the conditions on the track did not allow it. The start of the race was postponed several times, and the "race" finally started at 18:17 after a break of several hours.
As the conditions on the track did not improve, 2 laps were driven behind the Safety Car, after which a red flag was shown. Drivers who finished within the top 10 were awarded half a point because 75% of the race length was not driven.
Verstappen was officially declared the winner, while this development of the situation led to Russell winning second place in Williams. The Briton was phenomenal in yesterday's qualifiers, and the development of the situation today enabled him to record the first podium in his F1 career.
Verstappen is not happy
Max Verstappen is not happy with the way he achieved his victory. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took the victory in a race that was driven behind a safety vehicle and lasted 3 laps. He got 12.5 points for this unusual triumph but says this is not the way he wants to achieve victories.
"Yes, it was very important to win that pole position, but of course, it's a pity that we didn't have a real race, the conditions were really difficult." “At 15:30 I said we should race. I think the conditions were decent, but the visibility was very low.
I think we had the best chance at 3 p.m. After that, it remained very humid and it was raining. ” “This is a win, but it’s not the way you want to win. I think a lot of credit goes to the fans on the track today, who stayed here all day in the rain, in cold, windy conditions, so I think they are actually the biggest winners today.
” Verstappen is now 3 points behind Hamilton, ahead of the home race in the Netherlands, which runs next weekend. "We have to keep pushing, trying to catch up and make progress. We have a few more races for that and I’m sure we have a good car. We just need to try to achieve even better performance. ”