Belgian GP: Verstappen declared winner after two laps behind SC

Max Verstappen was declared the winner of the shortened and then abandoned 2021 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix after severe and persistent wet weather impacted proceedings at Spa.

Belgian GP: Verstappen declared winner after two laps behind SC

Following a rain-affected qualifying on Saturday, showers continued to hit the Spa region throughout Sunday in the build-up to the start of the race.

Race control announced shortly before the planned race start at 1500 local time that formation laps would be completed behind the safety car, and pushed the start of this out to 1525.

The field completed two full formation laps, but with most of the drivers reporting poor visibility and a lack of grip, the race was red- flagged at 1530 and all drivers returned to the pit lane.

A lengthy delay followed, but with the rain showing no sign of abating and the timer ticking down from the start of the three-hour window at 1500, the chances of running a race to award full points grew slim.

With one hour remaining on the clock at 1700, the stewards temporarily stopped the race, freezing the clock to try and wait for a break in the weather.

The rain eased slightly so the field could return to the track behind the safety car at 1817, passing the green light at pit exit, and completed two full laps to ensure the race was official and a classification could be issued.

During the third lap behind the safety car, race control red-flagged the race again, prompting the drivers to return to the pitlane, before it was officially declared as the final result at 18:44.

It means Verstappen officially wins the Belgian Grand Prix for Red Bull, scoring 12.5 points for the victory, while George Russell scored his first F1 podium in second place for Williams, scoring nine points.

Verstappen's title rival, Lewis Hamilton, completed the podium in third place, picking up 7.5 points.

It is the first F1 race to run to half points since the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix, and the shortest race in F1 history to have an official classification. The previous low was 14 laps completed at the 1991 Australian Grand Prix.

The result means that Hamilton's lead at the top of the drivers' championship has been cut to just three points ahead of next weekend's Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Daniel Ricciardo was classified in fourth place ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly, while Hungarian Grand Prix winner Esteban Ocon crossed the line in seventh place for Alpine.

Charles Leclerc is recorded as finishing eighth for Ferrari, two places clear of teammate Carlos Sainz, while Nicholas Latifi took ninth, giving Williams back-to-back double-points finishes.

Despite the two laps being completed behind the safety car, Nikita Mazepin is officially awarded the fastest lap of the race - 3m18.016s - but does not receive any bonus point as he finished outside of the top 10.

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull -
2 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 2.198 2.198
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 3.518 3.518
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 5.951 5.951
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 7.894 7.894
6 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 10.275 10.275
7 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 11.791 11.791
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 13.217 13.217
9 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 15.634 15.634
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 16.961 16.961
11 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 20.259 20.259
12 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 21.946 21.946
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 23.530 23.530
14 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 26.085 26.085
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 28.781 28.781
16 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 30.900 30.900
17 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 32.687 32.687
18 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 34.838 34.838
19 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 36.322 36.322
20 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 38.690 38.690
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