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F1 set to review Belgian GP ‘farce’

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FIA President Jean Todt has confirmed there will be a review of Formula 1’s regulations after Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The race was abandoned after just two laps of running behind the safety car following a lengthy delay.

Half points were awarded to the top 10 finishers, with Max Verstappen picking up the victory.

But F1 has received plenty of criticism following the fiasco, including from the drivers, with Lewis Hamilton labelling the race a “farce”.

In response to this, Todt announced that the decision to award points at Spa will be reviewed at the next F1 commission.

“This year’s Belgian Grand Prix presented extraordinary challenges to the FIA Formula One World Championship,” Todt’s statement read.

“The weather windows predicted by the forecasters did not appear throughout the day, and while a small window did appear late in the day during which there was an attempt to start the race, conditions quickly worsened again.

“Therefore, due to the lack of visibility created by the spray behind the cars, we could not run the full race in sufficiently safe conditions for the drivers, marshals, as well as the brave spectators who waited many hours in the rain, for whom I am very sorry.

“The FIA Stewards have, based on the provisions of the International Sporting Code, stopped the competition to gain more time and therefore more potential, to give the fans an F1 race. Despite these efforts, the race could not be started after the Safety Car laps, and the existing regulations have been correctly applied.

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