F1 under fire after 'shocking' Belgian 'farce'

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The fallout continues from the Belgian Grand Prix chaos, that saw the contention abandoned owed to the unrelenting atrocious weather.

While there's nary disapproval of the determination not to clasp the race, the sport's governing assemblage is nether occurrence for the arguable determination to grant fractional points for the race, which saw drivers implicit 3 dilatory laps down the information car.

With nary laps completed astatine racing speed, and nary accidental for cars to walk each other, the points were efficaciously handed retired based connected qualifying positions.

F1 bosses person nary conceded imaginable regularisation changes could beryllium needed to forestall a repetition of the farce.

Max Verstappen won the Belgian Grand Prix successful farcical circumstances. (Getty)

Former satellite champion Fernando Alonso was 1 who mislaid out, incapable to amended connected his 11th spot connected the grid and finishing 1 presumption retired of the points.

"I hold implicit the conditions, the lone happening I don't hold is wherefore they bash laps, and they springiness the points due to the fact that we didn't race," helium said.

"We didn't person the accidental to people points, and galore radical [didn't]. I'm P11, I didn't person immoderate greenish airy thigh to people a point, truthful we didn't score.

"So that's shocking. But that is their decision. So determination was nary mode we could contention today, arsenic we showed. It was lone a reddish emblem concern oregon down information car situation, arsenic we did. So however you tin springiness points to a non-race?"

Daniel Ricciardo's 200th Grand Prix ne'er truly got going. (Getty)

Alonso's erstwhile teammate Lewis Hamilton called the contention farcical successful an Instagram station connected Sunday.

"Today was a farce and the lone radical to suffer retired are the fans who person paid bully wealth to ticker america race," helium wrote.

One squad hardest deed was the Alfa Romeo outfit, who saw immoderate accidental of passing Williams for 8th successful the title disappear.

Williams picked up 10 points - 9 for George Russell who qualified second, and 1 for Nicholas Latifi who was ninth.

Russell's qualifying thigh has been described arsenic 1 of the astir singular performances successful F1 history, and his archetypal ever podium is possibly the lone bully quality communicative retired of the weekend.

George Russell scored his archetypal podium with a 2nd placed finish. (Getty)

But the information Williams picked up a swag of points without actully racing has near Alfa Romeo miffed.

"The determination not to contention successful these conditions was the close one, successful the involvement of protecting the information of the drivers, the marshals, and the spectators themselves," said Alfa Romeo.

"However, the concern would person been dealt with a batch much appropriately by not having astatine each the 'race' we witnessed yesterday: this result hurts america all, but successful peculiar it hurts fans of the sport, who didn't get the amusement they came to see.

"We anticipation lessons were learnt yesterday, lessons that volition amended the mode we run successful the aboriginal and that enactment the supporters of our athletics successful the presumption they merit to be."

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