Following Sunday’s ridiculous Belgian Grand Prix, which was forced to be cancelled due to heavy rain, the FIA and Formula 1 teams have agreed that rules need to be changed to prevent this from happening again.
The rules stated that a minimum of two laps must be completed, but no more than 75% of the race must be completed. After the drivers were sent out for only two laps behind the Safety Car, the race result was declared.
Lewis Hamilton went so far as to call the event a farce after the delays and eventual running at Spa, stating it was unfair to the fans. Meanwhile, McLaren CEO Zak Brown immediately called for a wholesale rule change.
“The regulations state after you do a few laps, it can be called a race”, said Brown. “I think that needs to be reviewed.
“That is what the rules say, but that needs to be reviewed by all of us to learn from today and realise that if we are given this type of situation, what would we do differently to make sure the outcome is everyone gets their racing.”
After expressing his dissatisfaction with how things happened in Belgium, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes a new solution should be found.
“We clearly shouldn’t have started,” Wolff said, “but the procedure behind the Safety Car could probably have been omitted.”
While no new rules have been announced, it appears that all teams agree that the incident in Belgium should not be repeated for the sake of the fans and Formula 1.
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