It Would’ve Been Grave Injustice to Not Award Belgian GP F1 Win to Verstappen: Ricciardo

Published 08/30/2021, 12:53 PM EDT
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walk during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 6, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Belgian Grand Prix will probably go down as the shortest F1 race in history. The drivers could only complete just two laps behind the safety car because of torrential rain at Spa-Francorchamps. There has been a lot of controversy as the stewards awarded the drivers half points for the race. While many believe the decision was unfair, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo feels the points are justified.

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Many drivers and teams believe the points should not have been rewarded as they did not race the full distance. But Daniel Ricciardo stated the points are rewarded for their performance in qualifying.

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To be honest, I don’t know yet if it’s completely good or not: Daniel Ricciardo

As reported by Motorsport, the Aussie driver believes that Max Verstappen is the deserved winner of the race as he put his car on the pole in qualifying. He also said he is not sure if the result is fair or not.

” To be honest, I don’t know yet if it’s completely good or not,” said Daniel.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

But you can say it would be unfair not to hand out anything. Max did the hard work on Saturday, put his car on pole, and probably would have won under these conditions because he was the only one with decent visibility.

“If I didn’t give any points at all, then that would be unfair in my view.”

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The McLaren driver analyzes his performance at Belgian GP

Daniel Ricciardo was struggling to put a decent lap time the whole weekend. He was behind his teammate Lando Norris in terms of performance, but after Norris’ crash, he lit up timings. He qualified P4 in treacherous conditions and showcased his skills in the rain.

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“Certainly. If I now look back on Saturday, I am very happy with qualifying. It already had the power and the charisma [to justify such a reward].” said Daniel on his performance.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

” Fortunately, we will never end up in this situation again. Hopefully, this will also be the very last time,” said Ricciardo on the race scenario.

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The McLaren driver would be hoping that he can build on this performance for the rest of the 2021 season. He scored 6 points in the race, taking his points tally to 56 points in the standings.

Can Ricciardo keep his momentum? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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