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FIA to consider F1 points rules change following Belgian GP criticism | RaceFans Round-up

FIA to consider F1 points rules change following Belgian GP criticism | RaceFans Round-up


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In the round-up: The FIA will review the Formula 1 regulations, including the points rules, in light of last weekend’s controversial Belgian Grand Prix.

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In brief

F1 points allocation to be discussed

FIA president Jean Todt has responded to the widespread criticism of the Belgian Grand Prix, where half-points were awarded on the basis of a single lap of running behind the Safety Car.

Tody defended the decision not to attempt to start green-flag running due to the extremely wet conditions, but confirmed the championship’s regulations will be reviewed, including the points allocation. Other series, such as the World Endurance Championship, do not award points if no racing laps have been completed, as was the case last weekend.


“This year’s Belgian Grand Prix presented extraordinary challenges to the FIA Formula 1 world championship,” said Todt in a statement.

“The weather windows predicted by the forecasters did not appear throughout the day, and while a small window did appear late in the day during which there was an attempt to start the race, conditions quickly worsened again. Therefore, due to the lack of visibility created by the spray behind the cars, we could not run the full race in sufficiently safe conditions for the drivers, marshals as well as the brave spectators who waited for many hours in the rain, for whom I am very sorry. This has been recognised by all stakeholders.

“The FIA Stewards have, based on the provisions of the International Sporting Code, stopped the competition to gain more time, and therefore more potential, to give the fans an F1 race. Despite these efforts, the race could not be started after the Safety Car laps, and the existing regulations have been correctly applied. I would like to thank and congratulate the FIA team, the ASN and all the volunteers for the quality of their work.

“The FIA together with Formula 1 and the teams will carefully review the regulations to see what can be learned and improved for the future. The findings, including the topic of points allocation, will be added to the agenda of the next F1 Commission meeting on October 5th.”

Read an in-depth analysis of what went wrong during last weekend’s farcical Belgian Grand Prix in today’s edition of the RacingLines column


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