Verstappen Wins Shortest Ever F1 race

Belgian Grand Prix Race Report

It’s a dubious honour to win the shortest ever F1 race, but a win is a win, after all. Read on to find out how Verstappen did it…

Treacherous conditions saw Perez crashing out on his way to the grid and the race start delayed multiple times. After two formation laps under the safety car, it was deemed too wet to race and the cars came into the pits to wait for it to dry up. Some hours later they tried again—completing two laps of the race under the safety car—but with the same conclusion: it was too wet to run. After again coming into the pitlane and this time waiting about half an hour the race was completely abandoned. Two laps were completed behind the safety car—the minimum needed to be classified as a race. Half points have been awarded—full points are only given out if a race goes over the three-quarters race distance—which at two laps this, obviously did not!

There is no overtaking allowed under the safety car—and with the whole race run under one—it turned out that qualifying positions were really important today. Saturday’s qualifying session was also beset with dangerous wet weather, which unfortunately saw Norris crash out after a spectacular session and potential pole position. Verstappen was the driver to bag pole, with Hamilton third—after the Mercedes team struggled for pace. Ricciardo had his best showing in the Mclaren so far this year to get the fourth spot on the grid. But the stand out performance from qualifying came from Mr. Saturday himself—George Russell. The young Brit and the Williams team called the conditions correctly—being on the right tyres and the right time—and Russell had some serious skills on display to put the second slowest car out there onto the second place on the grid. Outstanding.

Perez had qualified seventh, but after crashing on the way to the grid, those behind him were all promoted one position. Apart from that, everyone finished in the position they qualified in.

Obviously, a massive shame that we weren’t able to witness a race at Spa—a favourite of both fans and drivers. But, safety is paramount. It was clear from the onboard views that it would be reckless and dangerous to allow a race in such conditions. It seems pretty obvious the race directors only sent the drivers out behind the safety car for two laps in order for it to be classified as a race and enable them to disseminate some points. But to all intents and purposes, what we witnessed wasn’t really a race but a two-lap procession. I guess it does raise some questions about what happens when business and entertainment clash with sports—when there’s so much money invested into events that they have to take place somehow. But for me, personally, I’m just happy they didn’t make the drivers race properly in such extreme and undrivable conditions.

Belgian Race Results

  1. Verstappen
  2. Russell
  3. Hamilton
  4. Ricciardo
  5. Vettel
  6. Gasly
  7. Ocon
  8. Leclerc
  9. Latifi
  10. Sainz


Spoilers- This is mainly people waiting around in terrible weather! A must watch for any avid umbrella fans.

Next Time

We return to Zandvoort after a 36-year hiatus! A flowing rollercoaster-like track with fast and slow corners, undulations and banks, which should see the orange army out in force!

Where To Watch

USA: Sunday 5th September Live on ESPN race start at 9:00 am EST
UK: Sunday 5th September Live on Sky Sports F1 race start at 2:00 pm GMT
Highlights on Channel Four, 6:30 pm Sunday 5th September

Written by Jenny Alderton

Jenny is a freelance writer based in Wales with keen interest in Motorsports. An avid follower of Formula one for over twenty years she has recently branched out into watching other vehicles driving around in wiggly circles. Namely, Motogp, World Superbike championship, and British Superbike championship.

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