Belgian GP called off due to bad weather

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 29: A general view of the grid showing Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and the FIA Safety Car prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

The Belgian Grand Prix will not go on at Spa-Francorchamps following the treacherous rain, which delayed the session multiple times until enough classification laps were completed, leading to Max Verstappen winning the race.

After Sergio Perez crashed during his installation lap at Les Combes, the session was quickly red-flagged after complaints from teams regarding poor visibility and the heavy rain. Despite the damages, Red Bull were able to fix Perez’s RB16B on time, meaning Perez started the restart from the pitlane.

Eventually, the event countdown clock was stopped, in an attempt to try and go ahead with an hour-long race at Spa, after the weather conditions improve. Despite multiple exploratory laps by both the Safety and Medical cars, the weather updates kept leading to delays.

The race briefly resumed at 1817 hours local time, but the session was soon red-flagged after a few laps under the Safety Car, as the conditions did not seem to improve to allow safe racing. Before the session was once again suspended, enough laps were completed for classification, with the session being officially canceled at 1844 hours, local time.

Due to the shortened duration of the race, full points were not awarded, with the top 10 drivers being awarded half points, including maiden podium sitter George Russell.

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