Rain chaos at the Belgian Grand Prix: the audience in Spa-Francorchamps had to wait more than three hours for the race to start.

In the end, Max Verstappen decided for himself.

The international press writes:

Great Britain

Daily Mail:

“Max Verstappen won a farce of a Belgian Grand Prix - a procession behind a safety car for TWO laps.

The crowd on the rainy circuit at Spa-Francorchamps waited three and a half hours for the results, while the highest paid drivers in the world sat in their garages and waited for better weather. "

The Guardian:

"The Belgian Grand Prix will be recorded as a race and the honors for it were properly given, but there was little dignity in the way Formula 1 went on a wet afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps."


Gazzetta dello Sport:

“The Farce of Spa: This is how you end up humiliating Formula 1.

You could decide not to drive because of the extreme conditions; it would have been the more logical decision to protect the pilots. "

La Repubblica:

"The imaginary Grand Prix - the last farce of Formula 1 - is not driven in Spa, but points are awarded."

Corriere della Sera:

"The farce of the Ghost Grand Prix - in Spa money and the storm win."



“With card games for some, a nap for the others and a small meal for Yuki Tsunoda, everyone killed time as best they could while it was raining outside.

Ultimately, Michael Masi announced a restart for 6:17 p.m.

But it was a waste of time. "


El Mundo:

“That was a pathetic pantomime.

One of the greatest shame in the history of this sport.

You can't present the result of a race that didn't even take place.

It is an insult to the history of Formula 1, an insult to competition and sport in general. "


“That was the farm catching race.

The Belgian GP showed what Formula 1 is all about.

For some it is sensible, others see it as a fraud.

Because this sport still lives today from the mysticism that was created by men who risked their lives for the sport without complaint and often gave it too. "


“Formula 1 is shipwrecked in Spa.

Nobody questions that driver safety is a top priority.

Due to the poor visibility, there was also little room for maneuver.

The "Express" result leaves a bad taste.

A very bad one. "

Mundo Deportivo:

“Verstappen won the“ non-race ”at Spa.

It was a pantomime that could easily have been avoided by canceling the race or postponing it to Monday. "


Kronen Zeitung:

“Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won a curious Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday and bagged half world championship points for it!

The race, which actually wasn't one, will still cause some discussions.

After a start delay of more than three hours due to persistent heavy rain, only two laps behind the safety car were reeled off on the evening before dark to bring a result into the classification. "



“Time goes by.

The rain continues to pound on the asphalt.

The Belgian GP has long since become a scandal.

Those in charge are trying to get a race start behind the safety car.

It's all about the TV millions. "