Max Verstappen will compete in the Dutch Grand Prix next weekend, just three points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship after winning the shortest race in F1 history.
“It’s a victory, but it’s not the way you want to win,” Verstappen said after the Belgian Grand Prix was canceled due to constant rain at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday.
The race ended at 6:17 pm, more than three hours after the scheduled start time, and after three laps of the safety car round, the conditions deteriorated again and the driver was called back.
Half points were awarded as the drivers finished the race in the same order they started on the grid and completed more than two laps. Verstappen scored 12 and a half points, Hamilton scored 7.5 points in the bronze medal match, and Williams driver George Russell claimed to have won the first podium among them.
It’s a shame that bad weather refused us to race properly. P1 but the real winner is all the fans who stayed on the track in the rain all day 🖤💛❤️ Incredible 🙌 #BelgianGP 🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/3bJcoBrJK7
— Max Verstappen (@ Max33Verstappen) August 29, 2021
Approximately 75,000 fans waited 3 hours in the rain to monitor non-competitive driving for less than 5 minutes. This includes a significant delegation of Dutch fans who want to see more heroes in Zandvoort next weekend.
“Now, in the future, it was very important to get that pole position,” Verstappen said.
‘At 3:30 pm, the condition was decent, but visibility was very low. If it started at 3 pm, I think I had a decent chance. The fans who stayed here all day have a great deal of credit. “
Hamilton leads the drivers’ ranking with 202.5 points, Verstappen is third with 199.5 points and McLaren’s Lando Norris with 113 points.
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