Today's Belgian GP broke records in Formula One's history, as it was the shortest and the slowest race ever, consisting of only two laps under the safety car regime completed after a three hours wait for the heavy rain to stop pouring and for the visibility conditions to improve.
Formula 1 awarded half points to the drivers in the top ten, as a minimum of 10% of the race length was covered, and the usual prize-giving ceremony was held, with Max Verstappen converting the pole position into his sixth seasonal win, George Russell's first podium in F1 and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to complete the top three.
Hamilton wasn't pleased with FIA's decisions on today's race. While agreeing that there weren't the appropriate weather conditions to go ahead with the Grand Prix, he feels like the race shouldn't have even started, and that the people that are at loss are the people attending the GP, who were "robbed of a race" and are definitely deserving of a refund.
Ending a strange Sunday with a podium. 👌 That's Lewis' first P3 finish of 2021. pic.twitter.com/hdiM8ow2CM— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) August 29, 2021
In a post-race interview with Sky Sports F1, the Mercedes driver wasn't pleased when asked about his feelings on the "race":
"Money talks. And it was literally, the two laps to start the race, it’s an all-money scenario. So everyone gets their money, and I think the fans should get theirs back too, because unfortunately, they didn’t get to see what they came and paid for."
He believes a more proper solution could have been racing tomorrow, if it wasn't for the tight race calendar that obliges the teams to leave for Zandvoort tomorrow already:
“It’s a shame we can’t do the race tomorrow. But yeah. And I love this track as well. I’m so sad that we couldn’t do this, but today wasn’t a race.”
The World Champion strongly disagrees with the decision of doing the bare minimum to complete the race, as there weren't the appropriate weather conditions even to start it, and believes that this procedure damaged the fans on track the most :
"I think the sport made a bad choice today. Of course we wanted to race. There’s a minimum of two laps that you need to do to count as a race, and between that gap of stopping the first time to the second time, it had rained consistently."
"There's only one reason they sent us out. So that’s why I feel more bad for the fans," he remarked in the end.