Belgian GP: Max Verstappen takes win as race red-flagged due to heavy rain,

By Matt Morlidge

Belgian GP: Max Verstappen takes win as race red-flagged due to heavy rain,

The Belgian GP had to be red-flagged after just two laps behind the Safety Car due to continuous rainfall and poor conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, with Max Verstappen finishing as the official winner in the classification and cutting Lewis Hamilton’s title lead.

Any hopes of a race, heavily delayed through the afternoon, officially ended almost four hours after the scheduled start time of 2pm BST, but critically – as enough laps were completed – half points were awarded for the top-10 finishers, who essentially sealed their results through qualifying.

That means pole-sitter Verstappen takes 12.5 points, while George Russell – the star of Saturday for Williams – has his first F1 podium in rather bizarre circumstances in second place and scores nine.

Lewis Hamilton’s third gave him 7.5 points, though his championship advantage is down to three points ahead of Verstappen.

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