Todt: F1 will learn from 'extraordinary challenges' in the Belgian GP

Formula One will learn from ‘extraordinary challenges’ posed by the Belgian Grand Prix, insists chief Jean Todt after the race was abandoned following just two laps

  • Formula One chief Jean Todt promised the sport will learn from Belgian GP 
  • The race was labelled a ‘farce’ after being abandoned following just two laps 
  • Todt said the sport would review regulations to avoid a similar scenario 

Formula One supremo Jean Todt has vowed his sport will learn from last weekend’s unsatisfactory conclusion to the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps.

The rain-hit event was abandoned after just two laps behind the safety car, with Max Verstappen declared the winner ahead of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, after officials deemed the track unsafe.

The move drew criticism from former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who dismissed safety concerns, and Hamilton, who implied the decision to stage a nominal race was made for financial reasons.

The Belgian Grand Prix was labelled ‘a farce’ after rain-hit race was abandoned after two laps

The sport’s supremo Jean Todt promised F1 would learn from the challenges posed by the race

FIA president Todt admitted that the regulations would be carefully reviewed at the next meeting of the F1 Commission in October. He said: ‘The Belgian Grand Prix presented extraordinary challenges. 

‘The weather windows predicted by the forecasters did not appear, and while a small window did appear late in the day during which there was an attempt to start the race, conditions quickly worsened again.

‘Therefore, we could not run the full race in sufficiently safe conditions for the drivers, marshals as well as the brave spectators who waited for many hours in the rain, for whom I am very sorry.

‘The FIA together with the teams will carefully review the regulations to see what can be learned and improved for the future.’

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