Max Verstappen makes Monaco claim as Lewis Hamilton says he ‘trusts’ the FIA

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have both commented on the prospect of the 2023 Belgian GP being cancelled.

Lewis Hamilton absolutely believes that the FIA will make the “right decisions” this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix, which is expected to once again be a very wet affair.

Wet weather at Spa-Francorchamps is a dangerous combo, with FRECA driver Dilano van ‘t Hoff having died in a crash earlier this month.

The incident took place on the exit of Raidillon, similar to where F2 star Anthoine Hubert lost his life four years ago.

Changes have been made to the Eau Rouge/Raidillon section since Hubert’s crash; however, huge incidents have continued to happen at this complex.

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Lando Norris had a huge crash at the corner in 2021, during a horrifically wet qualifying session.

With wet weather expected on Friday and Saturday, some drivers have called for the Belgian GP to be cancelled should the conditions become too treacherous.

Hamilton is confident that the FIA will make the right calls this weekend, with the Mercedes star trusting the governing body.

“It is not something you can ever let into your mind,” Hamilton said. “But [I] trust in what the FIA are doing.

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“I don’t think we would be here if they didn’t think we would be safe. I trust in them as they have done such incredible work over the last couple of decades, I trust them to make the right decisions going forward.”

Verstappen was also asked about the safety of the historic circuit, only for him to insist that Monaco is a “lot more dangerous”.

“I don’t think it is track related,” Verstappen said. “There are dangerous corners, yes, and in the wet there are always more risks.

“Everyone is competent enough to make the right calls. If it is too wet, it is too wet.

“We are racing in Monaco, which is a lot more dangerous than here, but we race there because it is deemed safe enough.

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“Accidents happen, unfortunately. When you look back at the accident [van ‘t Hoff’s crash], it was extremely unfortunate the way it happened.

“There is not a lot you can do or change for it to be a lot safer. There are other tracks where you can have a crash and bounce back onto the track, there’s low visibility and that can happen again.

“It was unlucky, in a way, that it happened at Spa twice, both close to each other.”