Vettel On Farcical Belgian GP: Formula 1 ‘Probably’ Made The Right Decision

Drivers were awarded half points at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix as two racing laps were completed.

Sebastian Vettel has said Formula 1 “probably” made the right decision by cancelling the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix.

The German, who qualified fifth, finished the race in the same position, as the grand prix didn’t properly get underway.

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The race was delayed for three hours due to heavy rain, and the event was ultimately cancelled after just two laps behind the safety car.

Speaking after the race, Vettel said it was a “joke” for the FIA to award half points for the event.

“It’s a bit of a joke, no? That’s a joke,” Vettel, who picked up five points, said.

“If you want to get a reward for qualifying, you should get points for qualifying. What did we do today [for the points]? I don’t know.”

Continuing, Vettel outlined just how difficult the conditions were, with poor visibility making it almost impossible to race.

“I was in P5 and I struggled to see. I had to really make sure I don’t miss where Daniel [Ricciardo, who was in P4] was.

“You see the [rain] light very late, a lot of spray. I presume further back it just got worse. There was more rain coming when we went out, I could feel that as well.”

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The German added that “tough decisions” were made in the interests of driver safety, but he believes the FIA “probably” made the right call.

“I think the priority is always that we’re safe, tough decisions today, not easy hanging in there for that long and letting the people wait.

“But probably the right decision, it was getting darker,” Vettel concluded.

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