The Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the Belgian Grand Prix on a rainy Sunday, the twelfth of the Formula 1 World Championship and the shortest in history: after several interruptions and postponements, it was played only two laps instead of a the 44 planned.
The race was only a formality since at all times, the drivers were behind the safety car, which never left the track due to the torrential rain that affected the competition. For this reason, the winners will only get half of the points in dispute.
Instead of 25, Verstappen added twelve and a half points by winning ahead of the English George Russell (Williams, who took nine points) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) who was third and continues to lead in the competition.
The race was postponed three times until the authorities indicated that all the cars should roll behind the safety car, without it being known yet whether it would start from the grid or behind the ‘safety car’.
After completing a lap of the longest circuit in the World Championship (7,004 meters) and in view of the evidence of the danger due to the conditions of the track and the lack of visibility, a red flag was declared and all the cars returned to the pits.
After several announcements regarding new information and more than three hours after the scheduled time, everyone took to the track to do two laps behind the safety car before decreeing a new red flag; in order for there to be at least one classification and for the test to score half.
The possibility that the race was postponed until Monday was logistically unfeasible, because next weekend it will be run again, in the Netherlands.