F1 will learn from ‘extraordinary challenges’ of the Belgian Grand Prix, emphasizes chief Jean Todt

Formula 1 will learn from ‘extraordinary challenges’ of the Belgian Grand Prix, chief Jean Todt emphasizes after the race was cut short after just two laps

  • Formula 1 chief Jean Todt promised the sport will learn from the Belgian GP
  • The race was labeled a ‘farce’ after being aborted after just two laps
  • Todt said the sport would revise the rules to avoid a similar scenario


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Formula One supremo Jean Todt has vowed that his sport will learn from last weekend’s unsatisfactory end to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

The rain-stricken event was halted after just two laps behind the safety car, with Max Verstappen declaring the winner ahead of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton after officials deemed the track unsafe.

The move came in for criticism from former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who dismissed safety concerns, and Hamilton, who implied the decision to host a nominal race was made for financial reasons.

The Belgian Grand Prix was labeled 'a farce' after the rainy race was cut short after two laps

The Belgian Grand Prix was labeled ‘a farce’ after the rainy race was cut short after two laps

The sport's supremo, Jean Todt, promised F1 would learn from the challenges of the race

The sport's supremo, Jean Todt, promised F1 would learn from the challenges of the race

The sport’s supremo, Jean Todt, promised F1 would learn from the challenges of the race

FIA president Todt admitted the regulations will be subject to careful review at the next F1 committee meeting in October. He said: ‘The Belgian Grand Prix presented extraordinary challenges.

“The weather windows predicted by the forecasters did not appear, and although a small window appeared late in the day while attempting to start the race, conditions quickly deteriorated again.

“That’s why we couldn’t drive the entire race in sufficiently safe conditions for the drivers, marshals and the brave spectators who waited many hours in the rain, for whom it is very unfortunate.

“The FIA, together with the teams, will look carefully at the regulations to see what can be learned and improved for the future.”

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