Updated F1 Driver’s & Constructor’s Standings After Bizzare Half Points at Belgian GP

Published 08/30/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of the safety car as the start of the race is delayed due to bad weather REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


The recently concluded Belgian Grand Prix made a whole new record for the shortest race in the history of F1, having completed only 3 laps. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the session flashed by in the blink of an eye, as the race officially lasted for almost 4 hours.

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It was undeniably a hard battle between the stewards and the rain, as neither gave up until the very last minute. But, with conditions growing gloomier every minute and rains showing no signs of letting up, the stewards chose against proceeding with the race which could leave the drivers’ lives in jeopardy.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

But, of course, the stewards did accomplish the target to bring about a result out of the race and offering the drivers half the points. Hence, there have been loads of confusion over the ultimate tally in the championship post-Spa event.

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Also, for the first time since 2009, certain drivers are seeing their points reaching the decimal point. So, amidst a lot of complexity, let’s take a look at how the updated driver’s and constructor’s standings look like.

Updated F1 Drivers’ Standings

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 202.5
  2. Max Verstappen – 199.5
  3. Lando Norris – 113
  4. Valtteri Bottas – 108
  5. Sergio Perez – 104
  6. Carlos Sainz – 83.5
  7. Charles Leclerc – 82
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – 56
  9. Pierre Gasly – 54
  10. Esteban Ocon – 42
  11. Fernando Alonso – 36
  12. Sebastian Vettel – 35
  13. Yuki Tsunoda – 18
  14. Lance Stroll – 18
  15. George Russell – 13
  16. Nicholas Latifi – 7
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – 2
  18. Antonio Giovinazzi – 1
  19. Mick Schumacher – 0
  20. Nikita Mazepin – 0

Updated F1 Constructors’ Standings

  1. Mercedes AMG (Mercedes) – 310.5
  2. Red Bull Racing (Honda) – 303.5
  3. McLaren (Mercedes) – 169
  4. Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) – 165.5
  5. Alpine (Renault) – 80
  6. Scuderia AlphaTauri (Honda) – 72
  7. Aston Martin Racing (Mercedes) – 53
  8. Williams (Mercedes) – 20
  9. Alfa Romeo Racing (Ferrari) – 3
  10. Haas (Ferrari) – 0

Fight for P3 intensifying

Ever since the start of this season, what was expected to be a two-way fight for P3 between Bottas and Perez, had an uninvited guest, Norris, showing interest in the position.

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Until the start of the Hungarian GP, Norris has been portraying an immense level of consistency, proving to be a worthy candidate for P3.

However, things have taken a wild turn since then. All 3 drivers have failed to score points at both Hungaroring and Spa. And this has opened up the Ferrari duo to inch closer to the pack.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – Red Bull’s Sergio Perez crashes out before the start of the race REUTERS/Johanna Geron

The gap between Norris in P3 and Charles Leclerc in P7 is just over 30 points. Hence, with 10 more races to go, all 5 of the contenders hold significant chances of securing the position behind the title contenders. But, who is it ultimately going to be?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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