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Lewis Hamilton has criticised the outcome of the F1 Belgian Grand Prix that he described as a “farce”. The seven-time world champion finished third in the controversial race, behind George Russell and winner Max Verstappen.
Heavy rain caused long delays at Spa yesterday and as the drivers came out to try and start the race, poor visibility forced the officials to call the drivers back into the pit lane.
Later, the drivers tried to race again, but conditions appeared to be much worse.
However, two laps of the track needed to be completed to constitute a race, which took place behind a safety car, before the cars were called back to the pit lane and the race did not resume.
That was enough to ensure that half-points could be awarded to the top 10.
This benefited the Red Bull driver who was awarded 12.5 points as the deficit in the Drivers’ Championship was reduced to just three points.
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Hamilton took to his Instagram story after the race and gave an honest assessment of Sunday’s events.
“Today was a farce and the only people to lose out are the fans who have paid good money to watch us race,” he began.
“Of course you can’t do anything about the weather but we have sophisticated equipment to tell us what is going on and it was clear the weather wasn’t going to let up.”
The Mercedes driver added: “We were sent out for one reason and one reason only. Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility to gain or lose a place is not racing.
“We should have just called it quits, not risked the drivers, and most importantly refunded the fans who are the heart of the sport.”
He also thanked the fans for staying and doing their best to entertain themselves during the delays.
The Briton demanded that fans receive refunds for their tickets at the race.
The financial repercussions of completely abandoning the race was behind the F1 chiefs’ decision-making, he claimed.
“Money talks, and literally the two laps to start the race was all a money scenario,” Hamilton told Sky Sports after the race.
“Everyone gets their money – and I think the fans should get theirs back too. Unfortunately they didn’t get to see what they paid for.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t do the race tomorrow. I love this track as well, so sad we couldn’t do this.
“Today wasn’t a race. I think the sport made a bad choice today.”
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