(Reuters) – The International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Tuesday announced a review of how points are awarded in Formula 1 after Sunday’s controversial Belgian Grand Prix, in which drivers received half the points for completing two laps. behind the safety car.
The race at Spa-Francorchamps, hit by heavy rain, was only the sixth in Formula 1 history to award half the points.
F1 regulations say this can happen “if the leader has completed more than two laps but less than 75% of the original race distance”.
FIA President Jean Todt confirmed that the rules are being revised.
“The FIA, together with Formula 1 and the teams, will carefully review the regulations to see what can be learned and improved in the future,” said the Frenchman in a statement on Twitter.
“The findings, including the point allocation topic, will be added to the agenda of the next F1 Committee meeting on October 5th.”
Todt said the race presented “extraordinary challenges” and that the weather windows predicted by meteorologists did not materialize.
He said he regretted spectators who waited hours in the rain and cold, but the existing regulations were correctly enforced.
The race was the shortest ever in Formula One, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking the win and 12.5 points reducing Lewis Hamilton’s lead to three points.
Several teams and drivers questioned the decision to award points as there was no real race.
Alfa Romeo, one of the biggest losers after rival Williams won 10 points thanks to second place by George Russell and ninth by Nicholas Latifi, were particularly hurt.
“This result hurts all of us, but in particular fans of the sport, who didn’t get the show they came to see,” the ninth-placed team, now 17 points behind Williams, said in a statement.
“We hope lessons have been learned … lessons that will improve the way we play in the future and put fans of our sport in the position they deserve to be.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin)
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