Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen was declared the winner of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix regardless of finishing simply two official laps behind the security automobile, assembly the minimal requirement for factors to be awarded.
Verstappen scored 12.5 factors for the win, taking 5 factors out of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s lead on the prime of the drivers’ championship, with Hamilton categorised third at Spa which means his lead has been minimize to a few factors.
Mercedes additionally noticed its factors lead within the constructors’ championship fall by the identical quantity, leaving it seven away from Purple Bull on the head of the standings.
The choice to run two laps behind the security automobile drew widespread criticism, together with from Hamilton, who called it a “farce” and stated that it was purely all the way down to business issues – one thing F1 boss Stefano Domenicali denied.
Mercedes F1 boss Wolff was requested about Hamilton’s “cash state of affairs” remark after the race, and stated that individuals had “all causes to be upset” about how the race unfolded, however that the group needed to settle for its factors loss and transfer on.
“Half factors have been awarded, when most likely it was anticipated that the climate would not get any higher,” Wolff stated.
“However it’s what it’s. And I suppose it’s good to take this one on the chin and shut the chapter for this race and transfer on.
“In a sure manner, we should actually applaud the followers which have been there for 3 days within the rain, they’ve waited for a race to occur.
“However as a group, we misplaced some factors and that is why we have now to maneuver on.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
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Autosport has discovered that F1 boss Domenicali is set to discuss changes to the rules with team bosses within the close to future to stop a repeat of Sunday’s washout.
One provision in sequence comparable to IndyCar and NASCAR permits for a race to be postponed till Monday, however the FIA said there was no possibility of this happening at Spa.
Wolff stated that F1 needed to take Sunday as a “freak day”, and was not sure if there could possibly be any agency learnings given the lack to manage the climate.
“All people tried laborious to get a race underneath manner and due to the rain, it did not occur,” Wolff stated.
“To perhaps come again to your Monday query, I believe we have now had loads of followers that day that should return to their jobs tomorrow.
“We’d have tried to have the race for the native followers, and due to this fact that would not have made an incredible distinction for them.”