Top Gear Star Lashes Out at Belgian GP Rain Fiasco as He Takes Aim at F1 Drivers

Published 08/29/2021, 12:51 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of drivers as the start of the race is delayed due to bad weather REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


The Belgian GP turned out a bit disappointing, really. After a season’s worth of prayers for a wet race, the universe sure gave its reply. The wait has been excruciating and everyone is looking for some entertainment on Twitter. While the memes and the jokes circulated the site, Chris Harris didn’t seem to be in the mood for fun.

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris, usually extremely insightful with his tweets about the race, typed out some controversial tweets during the wait for the Belgian GP. Harris tweeted, “This isn’t the best look for F1. Tell the drivers not to be d*cks, run behind the safety car and get on with it. They’re paid big bucks because its a risky sport.”

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The British journalist also criticized a race engineer for deeming the conditions too risky. “Interesting hearing an F1 engineer saying the cars are not designed to run in such conditions. Given that wet races tend to be the best, should the FIA insist that F1s are capable of running in such extreme conditions?” 

However, having faced backlash from the fans, Harris deleted the first tweet, saying, “Poorly phrased tweet. Deleted. Enjoyed the few personal threats I was sent though! Love twitter.” Although he gave the sport a backhanded blow with another tweet.

While it is easy to feel this way sitting at home, the 20 drivers on the track face different conditions. Every driver complained of low visibility during the formation lap and it would be extremely unsafe to send them out like this. There have been too many incidents at Spa for the officials to consider the risk.

Belgian GP- a long waiting game

F1 Twitter has taken over once again. From the discussions of a barbeque at AlphaTauri to the hilarious shots of bored drivers, everyone’s trying to stay entertained. Daniel Ricciardo, clearly having a great 200th race, even hyped the fans up by starting a Mexican wave. Some drivers slept, some joined the Twitter fun – although we missed out on the action, it isn’t too bad.

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Interestingly, the event had more to it before it started. Sergio Perez crashed during the warm-up lap, and to truly highlight how long the wait has been, his mechanics even fixed the previously unfixable! While Perez wasn’t supposed to start the race, he will now be allowed to do so from the pit lane.

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It is undecided what’s to happen at the Belgian GP. Nonetheless, the fans will always opt for a safe race over a precarious one. Till then, we head to Twitter.

Watch this story: When F1 Drivers Had a Blast on Top Gear Featuring Hamilton, Vettel & Ricciardo

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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