Belgian GP abandoned but Lewis Hamilton’s title lead to Verstappen is still cut

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The Belgian Grand Prix has been abandoned because of torrential rain – but half points will still be awarded, which means Lewis Hamilton's world championship lead to Max Verstappen has been cut.

Conditions have been atrocious at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit all weekend, with Saturday's qualifying completed in treacherous weather.

It was hoped conditions would improve for Sunday's race, but more unrelenting rain made the track even more hazardous as drivers complained about low visibility on the 4.32mile circuit.

The Grand Prix was due to start at 2pm UK Time, but with rain continuing to fall over the track, race director Michael Masi made the decision to delay the start by 10 minutes.

That was then extended to 15 minutes after Red Bull's Sergio Perez succumbed to the conditions when he crashed his car on the way to the grid.

The race eventually began under a safety car at 2:45pm, but after just two formation laps, it was decided that conditions were too hazardous and the Grand Prix was red flagged.

After a near three-hour wait, the drivers tried again at around 5:20pm, but with the weather still too dangerous, the red flag was brought out once again.

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