• Rain Stopped the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Dead in its Tracks - Here’s How That is a Good Thing

  • Spa-Francorchamps saw a massive downpour for F1's return.
  • Only a handful of laps were completed, all of which were behind a safety car.
  • The drivers all got half points. Max Verstappen took 1st, George Russell came 2nd, and Lewis Hamilton finished the podium with a 3rd place.
  • Spa's layout paired with the rain was not a recipe for success.
  • High speed corners (i.e. all of Spa) are not very safe in the pouring rain.
  • Wet tires were a solid must for the entire "race."
  • Much of the broadcast was of people standing around in the rain.
  • The spray from the cars made the drivers behind essentially blind.
  • This horrendously boring race could set us up for numerous amazing races this season.
  • Chances are Zandvoort will be a much better race.

How does the most boring Grand Prix ever make this season that much more exciting?

Bad weather always has to throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. It managed to do that on a massive scale in Belgium on August 28th for the restart of the 2021 Formula 1 season.
However, there is a silver lining behind all of this - the next ten races could have some of the best racing we have seen in a long time.

Formula 1 might have just had one of the most disappointing returns to racing in human history, yet it could still affect the season massively.

What happened at Spa Francorchamps?

Rain Stopped the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Dead in its Tracks - Here's How That is a Good Thing
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This horrendously boring race could set us up for numerous amazing races this season.

Sunday, August 28th, the Belgium Grand Prix was going to take place at Spa Francorchamps, however, it was postponed again, and again, and again - until just before noon EST. The grid completed a few laps behind a safety car so the FIA could award half points for the drivers.

However, the weekend was all dreary as George Russell posted an incredible time of 2:00.086 in his usually underwhelming Williams car to take second place on the grid, and then the "race." Max Verstappen from Red Bull qualified first with a time of 1:59.765, and Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes took third with a time of 2:00.099.

The best part of the race weekend was by far Russell out driving that Williams, a car which is arguably one of the worst in the league.

What the rest of the season could look like

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Much of the broadcast was of people standing around in the rain.

Something that will make the season that much more exciting is the battle between Hamilton and Max Verstappen that is red hot. After Belgium, only three points are keeping Verstappen out of first place.

Already, the two have created some of the best racing to come out of Formula 1 in years, not to mention one spectacular accident at Silverstone. There was also the incident in Hungary, which took out numerous cars throughout the field.

This could also help liven up the season since Russell got half points; he is currently 15th in the standings, 29 points behind Estaban Ocon in the Alpine. We could see Russell going all out the rest of the season to try to get into the top ten.

How a few laps could change next season

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Chances are Zandvoort will be a much better race.

This should set Russell up nicely for a possible seat at Mercedes for the 2022 season. Something that is looking more and more likely as we have seen him getting cozy with higher-ups at the team, not to mention his (mostly) stellar performance filling in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year, which was ruined by a botched pitstop.

We know Lewis is staying at Mercedes until at least the end of the 2022 season, and if Russell does end up in the second seat, where is Valteri Bottas, the current number two driver at Mercedes, going to end up? Will he end up at another team or drop out of the sport altogether?

The next race at Zandvoort

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The spray from the cars made the drivers behind essentially blind.

The next race is at Zandvoort on Sunday, September 5, 2021, with the broadcast on ESPN here in America at 9:00 A.M. EST.

With the Dutchman having the home-field advantage and the championship standings being so close (along with clear skies), it should be a fantastic race.

Source: Formula 1.com

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