Belgian GP suspended as rain falls at Spa: F1:If we can start before 6pm let’s run it!” says Aston Martin principal Otmar Szafnauer, rain pelting down around him.
Meanwhile, Kanye West has just released his long awaited album Donda. Will our long wait be similarly rewarded? Who knows. Here’s he and Jay-Z racing around an industrial lot in a customised Maybach 57:
Christian Horner reckons we could be in for another hour delay, possible more. “The is set in for the next hour or so at least. The problem is not the grip, it’s the visibility between the marshal posts and the drivers. Anybody behind the leader just cannot see.” Could he foresee the race happening tomorrow? “It’s a bank holiday isn’t it – what else are we going to do?”
Michael Cosgrove writes: “So Verstappen says of the teeming rain that “It’s really not that bad”? Well he would wouldn’t he, seeing as if the race does go ahead he’ll start on pole and may well stay there until the finish line so he wouldn’t have to worry too much about having to constantly tackle the blinding spray chucked up by cars in front of him. As for some other drivers though, they may well disagree.”
Will the race go ahead? Certainly opinion seems split among the drivers. “It’s really not that bad” huffed Max Verstappen upon hearing about the red flag. Daniel Ricciardo said it was “the right call” and Fernando Alonso says “no way, we can’t race” according to Alpine engineer Marcin Budkowski.
Start procedure has been suspended
… that the word from the organisers. How long for, we don’t yet know. The red flags are out and the cars are back in the pit lane.
I really can’t see anything behind,” says Hamilton on his radio. “It’s pretty awful,” says Norris. “I can barely see the car in front. Quite a bit of aquaplaining as well.” Verstappen: “I have to leave a little bit more space from the safety car than normal as I can’t see anything.” And the driving on this lap is as tentative as you’d expect.
Will all these delays mean a reinstatement for Sergio Perez? His team have been working on his car but there’s no indication he’ll be back on the grid. Perhaps this is the more pertinent question:
I would imagine we might get more of a delay,” says David Nostradamus Croft on Sky. He’s not wrong: the organisers immediately add five minutes to the delay, then another five. So that’s the formation lap at 14:20 as it stands.
We’ll have a delayed start – the formation lap will start in 10 minutes – because the rain has just got heavier. “The rain intensity has got much too strong,” says race director Michael Masi.
Come on Sebastian,” rites Ger Nugent. “Its horrible conditions, prove that you were always the better driver than that other guy.” Well, it is his highest start since Hungary last year. Meanwhile the midfield have as good a chance to spring a surprise as they ever will: watch this space.