'I'll Take It': Verstappen Wins Shortest GP in F1 History

'I'll Take It': Verstappen Wins Shortest GP in F1 History
Max Verstappen (NED, Red Bull Racing), F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Max Verstappen has won the shortest race in Formula 1 history after the Belgian Grand Prix was shortened due to incessant heavy rain in Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver was effectively handed the win for winning pole position, although only half points were awarded by the FIA.

The torrential conditions never boded well, particularly after Sergio Perez crashed on the way to his grid spot.

The race was initially delayed half an hour, but that extended out to three hours, with only three laps behind the safety car permitted.

Verstappen was declared the winner given grid position ahead of Williams’ surprise front row qualifier George Russell and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to round out the podium.

“Of course, it’s a win but it’s not how you want to win,” Verstappen said.

“We had two races of course where we didn’t really score so we needed the result, but it’s not how you want the result.”

The win means Verstappen moves within three points of Drivers’ Championship leader Hamilton after 12 races.

“Still a long way to go of course,” he said. “We closed the gap a little bit but we’ll see in Zandvoort again how competitive we’ll be.

“We have to keep on pushing, keep on trying of course to close the gap and I’m confident that we have a good car; we just need to keep on trying to get a bit more performance out of it.”

Hamilton had no issue with the decisions made by the officials and conceded conditions were too dangerous for racing.

“You couldn’t see the car ahead, there was aquaplaning, it was so, so tricky out there,” the Briton said.

“You couldn’t really see; like five meters in front of you the car disappears, so it’s very difficult down the straights to even know where that flashing light was. You couldn’t even go flat out because you didn’t know what point or part of the track they would be on.”

Russell’s second place meant he claimed a podium position for the first time in his F1 career.

“I mean, Ill take it,” he said. “In our position we’ve got to take it how it comes. We’re not often rewarded for a good qualifying and today, I guess, we were. And it would have been incredibly hard to keep hold of that P2.”

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