2021 Belgium Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Perhaps we should put this in perspective. A few weeks ago, torrential rain near Spa caused massive flooding killing 42 Belgians and shut down the track. That same storm caused even more damage in Germany and nearly 200 deaths. Thousands were evacuated. A lost grand prix doesn't feel so bad.
EVENT: The Spa fans were amazing waiting out the rain. Dancing, partying, and doing whatever was necessary to entertain themselves. They certainly deserved a race, but it was out of everybody's hands.
TRACK: The Spa renovation project couldn't come soon enough as Eau Rouge continues to rear it's ugly head. The changes thankfully will not affect the turn. Just the safety if one goes off there.
QUALIFYING: True talent always rises to the top in wet conditions no matter the car, and George Russell did just that.
RACE: This will go down as the most infamous non-race race in F1 history.
VERSTAPPEN: Max is not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
PEREZ: Just signed a contract extension for 2022 and then sticks it in the wall on the warm up lap. Not a good luck. And lost Red Bull three points.
RED BULL: Amazing work to get Perez back in the race with help from a delayed start. Though, ultimately, it went for naught.
RUSSELL: George didn't need to worry about race pace...
WILLIAMS: Another double points haul thanks to qualifying ... and opponents' penalties.
HAMILTON: For once, Lewis did not get lucky with weird circumstances.
RICCIARDO: Daniel gets his best McLaren finish. Yeah, there was a lot of this going around.
ALFA ROMEO: Perhaps the biggest losers in all this -- as they now stand virtually no chance to catch Williams for eighth place and the prize money for that.
FIA: The real issue here are the rules. Which of course, is typical FIA. The decisions concerning whether to throw the green flag or not were the proper ones. It's the rules which are ludicrous, forced them into this situation, and need to be changed.
F3: They got all three of their races in, even if some got cut a bit short. Points runaway leader, Dennis Hauger, had a terrible weekend, scoring just six points. While Jack Doohan got the pole, won the second sprint race as well as the full points feature race to close the gap from 63 points to 25.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Farce.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 -- The number of laps ultimately run which only counts as one...
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This brings back the memories of the 2002 Honda Indy 300 at the Surfer's Paradise CART event. In atrocious conditions, they did try to start the race which brought about a horrifying first lap pileup. They eventually restarted the race, with teams being able to bring out their backup cars, after running two laps behind the pace car. It went green for seven laps. Then, amazingly, they ran the next 30 laps under full course yellow, forcing teams to make two pit stops. Thus, the winner was ultimately decided by the pit crews. Mario Dominguez, who caused most of the havoc on the first lap crash, ended up winning the "race."
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Haas F1 said it best in this tweet, "The longest shortest race in F1 🏁"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: George Russell with a chuckle, well a bit of a chuckle, when asked about backing into a podium spot, "It doesn't matter!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Pierre Gasly summed up most people's feelings, "I didn’t deserve points for following safety car."
SCHEDULE: Off to the most anticipated race of the season -- the return of the Dutch GP at Zandvoort. Hopefully, the orange brigade crazies can make us forget this past weekend.
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