Can Belgian GP be Postponed for a Day Later on Monday After Heavy Rain at Spa F1 Track?

Published 08/29/2021, 10:34 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron


The Belgian Grand Prix is still yet to go underway, but with the current conditions, the chances of the drivers racing competitively are slim. However, the race isn’t likely to happen tomorrow either, because teams have to be on their way for the Dutch Grand Prix next week.

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While the teams would be eager to get things going, they need to consider the weather conditions as well. No one would want the drivers to take to the race under unsafe circumstances.

Can the Belgian Grand Prix be postponed?

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Usually, a Grand Prix race takes place on Sunday but can be delayed to conditions such as rain. That is exactly the case right now at Spa, and fans are wondering if they would have to wait a day for the race to go underway.

Unfortunately, the fans will be disappointed to know that it won’t take place tomorrow. Beat Zehnder, a member of Alfa Romeo, stated that teams would have to head to Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during qualifying REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Team Principal of Mercedes agrees with the decision of delaying the race. He said, “It is not going to get better for the next 45 minutes. There is even heavier rain coming. We are limited by three hours. Lewis said that you cannot see the light of the car in front. The further back the less you see. I have plans tomorrow and that is beach.”

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Drivers might play it safe around Spa

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With such conditions seen throughout the weekend, drivers are well aware they need to be extra cautious if the race does go underway. They have seen the likes of Lando Norris had a horrible crash during yesterday’s quali session and will look to avoid something similar.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

With the track being still wet from the horrid showers, all of them would aim to find the most grip around Spa, and try to bring a good result for their respective teams.

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In these horrid conditions, will they be able to race? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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