Belgian Grand Prix is basically an infamous sports association. It holds a motor racing tournament which is a part of the Formula One World Championship. It started in 1925 in Belgium the Spa region’s racecourse. That area has since been associated with motor car racing. The Belgian Grand Prix has three laps. The total circuit length is 7.004 km. It has been held a total of 75 times and Michael Schumacher has the record for most wins which is 6.
Shortest Grand Prix Ever
This year’s Belgian Grand Prix was held on the 22nd of August. And what's remarkable about it is the fact that it was the shortest race ever. The race was cut short after three minutes 27 seconds of starting due to the weather. But despite that, the judges concluded on a winner who was Max Verstappen. Despite conditions, the judges gave half points to all the contestants. But all were not happy with this. As Ferrari’s Carlos Saiz who came 10th said, “If there were actually no race laps, no competition, why should points be given and any result be given? Because there was basically no race.” He continued, “I didn't race, so I didn't deserve the half a point I got, so I don't know why I got it.”
The reason for disagreement is the rules. According to the rules, two laps are compulsory. Only then can a race become official. And in that case, half the points can be awarded. This is why the solution for qualifying the judges that came up within this year's Grand Prix seemed wrong to some.
Overall, this year’s Belgian Grand Prix was a glum affair. Apart from the winner Max Verstappen who won, there was not much to celebrate. Lewis Hamilton who is seven times world champion came third. And he was also displeased. He even said that the fans should get their money back considering the show was not worth their money. He is the one who gave it the name “farce” on his Instagram.
Why A “Farce”
Lewis Hamilton wrote a post on Instagram explaining his feelings for the race. It said as follows,
“Today was a farce and the only people to lose out are the fans who have paid good money to watch us race. Of course, you can't do anything about the weather but we have sophisticated equipment to tell us what's going on and it was clear the weather wasn't going to let up. We were sent out for one reason and one reason only. Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility to gain or lose a place or provide entertainment for fans isn't racing. We should have just called it quits, not risked the drivers, and more importantly, refunded the fans who are the heart of our sport.”
People might not be a huge fan of Hamilton as he was one of the biggest losers of his time. But what he said was also true. This was a very shoddy attempt by the administration and they decided on the easiest way out of their situation. Which resulted in the dissatisfaction of the players as well as the people who paid to see it.