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Torrential rain meant that competitive racing was impossible at the Spa-Francorchamps track – famously one of the more exhilarating circuits on the calendar – as a result of dangerous driving conditions.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had qualified on pole position, was awarded the race win after two laps completed behind a safety car before a red flag brought everything to a halt. All points scorers were given half points.

Britain’s George Russell, driving for Williams, came second ahead of seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton whose lead at the top of the standings was cut to just three points ahead of Verstappen.

Hamilton called the event a “farce” and said that the drivers were sent out for the sole purpose of securing an official result.

Heavy rain and poor visibility dramatically impacted the Belgian Grand Prix


On Monday, Alfa Romeo said that the decision “hurts” everyone in Formula 1, especially the fans in attendance.

“The decision not to race in the conditions was the right one, in the interests of protecting the safety of the drivers, the marshals and the spectators themselves.,” Alfa Romeo said,

“However, the situation would have been dealt with a lot more appropriately by not having at all the ‘race’ we witnessed.

“This outcome hurts us all, but in particular it hurts the fans of the sport, who didn’t get the show they came to see.

“We hope lessons were learnt, lessons that will improve the way we operate in the future and that put the supporters of our sport in the position they deserve to be.”

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