So the highlights of the weekend ended up being George's wonder lap on Saturday and Lewis' traumatic experience in the Men's WC on "race" day...
I don't think there is anything cringey about that. It was earned yesterday and in and conditions may well have had that result anyway. He's had such bad luck I think he's the only driver who could have gotten away with celebrating anything.Hopefully we never see a farce like this again, awarding points was a joke. Russel’s enthusiasm about his hollow podium was cringey in particular.
I doubt it, by itself. So many fans are livid. Everyone I heard/talked to said they hope refunds happen. I think Lewis's statement doesn't help, though. A good idea, but I doubt the drivers will be donating part of their pay, right? (Half serious statement)F1 are now talking with Spa promoters about refunding fans for Sunday. Its the right thing to do but you have to wonder if this is a reaction to Hamiltons public call out.
This would actually be really on-brand for F1:I doubt it, by itself. So many fans are livid. Everyone I heard/talked to said they hope refunds happen. I think Lewis's statement doesn't help, though. A good idea, but I doubt the drivers will be donating part of their pay, right? (Half serious statement)
It was interesting to see Hamilton "critics" bring this up on Reddit in regards to refunds, proposing that Lewis wouldn't shell out the money himself.I doubt it, by itself. So many fans are livid. Everyone I heard/talked to said they hope refunds happen. I think Lewis's statement doesn't help, though. A good idea, but I doubt the drivers will be donating part of their pay, right? (Half serious statement)
Logically yes but as I say, currently the rules say we only have to cover 75% distance to get full points if it's stopped. So 25% to get half points works in that regard. I think, maths was never my strong suit.I mean... surely50% of the points should mean a minimum of 50% of the race? Just as a nice, wholesome fraction that satisfies the human brain's insatiable lust for satisfying patterns.
Anything less than 50% should be 25% points max. And yes, I am aware of splitting the cake into even further fractions but still...
I have no problem with all of his decisions on Sunday, all except the forcing of a result with zero green flag racing. Although that is really down to the rule book more than him.I don't like kneejerk reactions to a rule that existed until it was used, but I can see why this one has such discussions. Masi made all the right calls and deserves praise, not hate, for actually gauging the weather and not caving into calls to run a race that would have just been Safety Cars and big crashes. A big crash happening is fine, but it's the extra, avoidable danger of other cars joining it in zero-visibility that's the unreasonable part that you just can't actively allow to happen.
No we would have had no laps, no result and no points. Do you not think it's absurd to hand out race points without any green flag racing? No racing, no points. It should be that simple.The two laps rule makes sense as something the FIA would have never hoped to have needed to use. If it was 25% distance, we would have had 11 laps behind the Safety Car before the Red Flag, and would that really have been better to watch?
Not when it was still chucking it down it wouldn't. That visibility was appalling, on a track like Spa it was absolutely unsafe to race.Yes the spray was bad but they had barely touched it by that point. It was only going to reduce from that point onwards.
They didn't replace Checo's parts with those of a different spec though. AM basically went from a dry setup wing to a wet setup wing, which is a different spec. Hulkenberg had the same issue in Spain a few years ago when he broke their only updated Front Wing in quali, got knocked out then had the penalty because they could only put an old spec wing on. If the parts that went on Sergio's car were the same design as the ones pulled off, then it's not a problem.If this race wasn't goofy enough, Lance Stroll got a penalty for changing a rear wing:
<p>It was a chaotic day at <a href="/en/circuits/spa-francorchamps">Spa-Francorchamps</a> with a delayed start, several formation laps and a three-hour-long interruption due to the rain. Unfortunately, all the confusion is not over yet, as the <a href="/en/brands/fia">FIA</a> continue to hand...www.gpblog.com
"When the rear wing of a driver is changed, the driver officially has to start from the pitlane. However, all drivers started from the pitlane anyway due to the red flag.
The FIA, therefore, wanted to give Stroll a drive-through penalty, but due to the shortening of the race, this was no longer possible. Therefore, the Aston Martin driver now receives a ten-second penalty."
Complete nonsense, especially given that Red Bull fixed Checo's car without issue.
https://tickets-spafrancorchamps.co...-francorchamps/cms/terms-and-conditions-6391/Nope. Printed E-ticket with a fancy QR-code and a picture of the track.
Regular death also used to be a part of F1, we don't want that to return. I'm sure you haven't forgotten the last F1 driver death came in bad wet conditions and there was death at Spa two years ago in F2, in the dry.Yes there is always drama in a wet race, that's part of F1.
Indeed, several drivers said they couldn't even see the rain light of the car in front, despite it being very bright and flashing. That alone made things far too dangerous. If you can't see the cars in front at all, you can't react to anything they do.I mean, when you have the drivers themselves saying, "We can't race in this. I can't see the car in front of me", I don't know how much of a counter-argument can be made; they're valuing their lives first and foremost. The only driver behind Max I heard saying it was okay to race was Checo, but they showed him like 2 corners back from the car in front when they turned the camera on him.