Inclement weather is a fact of life, particularly in the area of the world in which Spa-Francorchamp is located. After Sunday’s washout at the Belgian Grand Prix questions have been raised once again on whether tweaks to F1 car designs could have allowed the Grand Prix to go ahead, despite the torrential downpours.
Mclaren team principal Andreas Seidl however, believes the weather which F1 faced last weekend would have made it impossible for any series to race. Giving his opinion on the situation, he said:
“I think we simply have to accept it, because the only alternative to 100% guarantee that you can race is to do an indoor race,” he said. “I think you have to accept that as long as we go out for racing, days like this can happen where it’s not possible [to run] with whatever car you race.
“First of all you have the issue of aquaplaning, plus the view of the drivers in the car with the spray. I can't think of any car that would allow you to race safely in these conditions like we had.”
Seidl continued to say he believes Formula 1 made the correct decision in not allowing the race to go ahead, and added he believes the controversial decision to restart the race behind the safety car, leading to an official race classification, was also correct.
“I would say, as we have seen also in the previous days, that it can go quite quickly with the track drying up to a condition that you can actually race, when I look at the last restart, we saw the same in our weather forecast that Michael had seen: that there was a potential window of the rain stopping. And with 20 cars going around the track it could go quite quickly.
“I think that was the intention behind when the restart was tried. But unfortunately the weather we can't control and it didn't work out.
“It's clear safety comes first, and I think in that respect the right decisions have been made definitely.”
Speaking on the decision which led to a race classification, and half points being awarded, despite not a single lap of racing taking place, Seidl said:
“Of course, no one wants a race in the end like it played out here, but in the end there are rules in place and they have been applied, it is also clear that obviously for us we benefited from that, because we had a car in P4 and benefited from the good qualifying result we had with Daniel.
“And it is clear that all the teams that did not benefit from it, pending on their championship position, also are crying now and complaining now. That's part of the nature of F1.”