With it having lengthy been recognized that F1 drivers want to complete at the least two laps for half factors to be handed out, the very fact the Belgian GP end result was categorized after only one lap left some questioning if the Spa race had truly fallen brief.
F1’s factors system within the occasion of a shortened race is specified by the Sporting Rules, the place it states the distances that have to be accomplished for factors to be awarded.
Article 6.5 states: “If a dash qualifying session or race is suspended underneath Article 50, and can’t be resumed, no factors will probably be awarded if the chief has accomplished two laps or much less, half factors will probably be awarded if the chief has accomplished greater than two laps however lower than 75% of the unique dash qualifying session or race distance and full factors will probably be awarded if the chief has accomplished 75% or extra of the unique dash qualifying session or race distance.”
Though the F1 vehicles had accomplished two full laps behind the security automotive, earlier than the crimson flag got here out on lap three, the way in which the outcomes are taken within the occasion of a stoppage meant they didn’t recover from this marker within the closing race classification.
Article 51.14 states: “If the dash qualifying session or the race can’t be resumed the outcomes will probably be taken on the finish of the penultimate lap earlier than the lap throughout which the sign to droop the dash qualifying session or the race was given.”
In easy phrases, it implies that, with the crimson flag popping out on lap three, then the outcomes are taken from the top of lap one.
Pink flag lights across the soaked circuit
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So did this get the race over the two-lap minimal? There definitely is room to interpret that it did not, with one potential view being that the ultimate classification doesn’t match the necessity for drivers to have accomplished greater than two laps.
Nonetheless, the FIA’s interpretation of Article 6.5 will not be associated to when the ultimate results of the race is said – it’s merely whether or not or not the chief has accomplished greater than two laps.
Verstappen, whereas working behind the security automotive, had therefore formally handed the management line that determines the lap depend a complete of thrice.
There have been the 2 ‘racing’ laps behind the security automotive, plus the lap into the pits after the crimson flag that noticed the drivers go throughout the management line for a 3rd time to briefly begin lap 4.
F1 race director Michael Masi was clear afterwards that the foundations associated to crimson flags and people relating to awarding factors usually are not related.
“There’s been three laps accomplished,” he mentioned. “The third lap was accomplished because the vehicles crossed the management line within the quick lane.
“After which the classification for factors is taken on the penultimate lap earlier than the lap the sign was given. So there’s successfully two separate factors.
“One is what’s performed to finish a race. One is what occurs on the premise of championship factors.”