Max Verstappen Suggests Major Changes to Prevent Repeat of Belgian GP F1 Controversy

Published 08/30/2021, 10:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The race director and stewards called the Belgian Grand Prix off after just two laps of running behind the safety car. They declared Red Bull driver Max Verstappen as the race winner as he was on the pole for the race. The entire race was riddled with uncertainty, and Verstappen believes the FIA needs to find a way out of situations like this.

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The race at Spa was due to start at 3 PM local time, but the rain intensified. The weather was the same for the F3 race a couple of hours earlier, but the rain and the visibility were much better than the F1 race.

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Better to start earlier: Max Verstappen

As reported by Formula1, the Red Bull driver believes that the race should start earlier in weather conditions like this to avoid the possibility of darkness.

“It’s a long wait. In a way when you start at 3 o’clock and you have days like this maybe it’s better to start a bit earlier, at 12, 1 o’clock. I think that’s a better time anyway to start, for me. Now it’s just dragging on and on and the weather just gets worse and worse. It gets dark,” said Max.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates his first place on the podium REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Verstappen mentioned that the biggest problem was not the rain but the visibility at Spa.

“I guess that was the biggest problem. I mean the grip was low, we know that, in the wet. We don’t have a lot of grip with these tires but when you can’t see where you are going or you don’t know where the car ahead of you is, that’s never really nice, so you can’t properly race like that.”

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The Red Bull driver reveals the positives from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend

While he couldn’t add another proper race win to his list of achievements, the Dutchman managed to could close down the gap to Lewis Hamilton in the championship. Going into his home race in Zandvoort, Max is just three points adrift of the Briton.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

“We had two races where we didn’t really score points, so we needed a decent result. Of course, again, it’s not how you want to have the result, but still, I think the entire weekend we were very competitive, and that’s very important on a track like this with long straights.

“And now we go to Zandvoort, which is new for everyone, so there will be a bit of a question mark over how everyone will perform and maybe some surprises as well. You never know, but I’m looking forward to it.” said Verstappen.

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Verstappen will race at Zandvoort for the first time in his career in F1. He would love to win the race in front of the home crowd and take the championship lead again.

Can Max continue his momentum into Dutch GP?

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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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