F1 bosses want to avoid repeat of Belgian Grand Prix ‘farce’ as they ‘talk to teams about rule changes’ after half points were handed out for just THREE laps behind a safety car
- Max Verstappen crowned winner of the shortest Grand Prix of all time
- Lewis Hamilton described it as a ‘farce’ as they only managed three laps
- All were behind a safety car with the weather deemed unsafe for racing
- F1 is said to want talks to change the rules and avoid a repeat of an episode
A rule change could ensure that the Belgian Grand Prix is not repeated this year, as Formula 1 is reportedly planning talks with teams and the FIA.
Motorsport report that the bosses of the sport want to discuss a rule change after the award of half points for just two rounds at Spa.
All three laps took place behind a safety car and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished third, labeled the episode in Belgium a ‘farce’.
Due to bad weather during the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, the race was decided behind a safety car
Max Verstappen has been crowned winner of the Belgian Grand Prix after a bizarre event
“Today was a farce and the only people losing it are the fans who paid good money to see us race,” he posted on Instagram.
“Of course you can’t do anything about the weather, but we have advanced equipment to tell us what’s going on and it was clear the weather wouldn’t hold up.
“We were sent there for one reason only. Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility of winning or losing a place is not racing.
“We should have just stopped doing it, not put the drivers at risk and above all, pay back the fans who are the heart of the sport.”
Lewis Hamilton, who came in third, labeled the event a ‘farce’ while leading the critical response
Autosport reports that F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is “eager” to speak with the sport’s teams and stakeholders to propose the idea of a rule change where half points will be awarded for the second time in F1 history.
With widespread disapproval of the way the decision to hand out half-points after laps behind a safety car was made, changes are unlikely to meet too much opposition.
Any changes to the sport’s rules will require approval from F1, the governing FIA body and the teams.
One solution would be to allow points only after ‘race laps’ – without the help of the safety car.
Like Hamilton, McLaren team principal Zak Brown was dissatisfied with Spa’s handling and felt it was unfair to declare starting positions from laps behind a safety car.
In a video released on TwitterBrown said: ‘The regulations say that once you’ve done a few laps, it can be called a race. I think that should be reviewed.
“I don’t think anyone would argue that the weather was safe to race in, but we as a sport need a better solution when situations like that arise. The result must not be a race after three laps behind a safety car.
“That’s what the rules say, but that needs to be reviewed by all of us now, to learn from today and realize that if we got a situation like that, what would we do differently to make sure the result is everyone his race gets in — whether that’s the next day or it’s coming back.
“I don’t think anyone would say it feels right to call that a race, so we’ll work on this and hope something like this doesn’t happen again.”
F1 race director Michael Masi was widely praised for not endangering the drivers, but he himself accepted that all ten teams needed to be consulted to find a solution for the future.
There is a rapid turnaround for the Dutch Grand Prix, which takes place at Zandvoort this weekend of September 4 and 5.
Fans waited for hours but never saw real racing action as the rain didn’t stop