Amazon Quiz: Who won the rain hit Belgian F1 grand prix, as half points were awarded for only the 6th time in F1 history?
Answer: Max Verstappen
Belgian-Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen scored his first Belgian Grand Prix victory at the Spa-Francorchamps motor-racing circuit in Stavelot, Belgium. The race was red flagged after just three laps behind the safety car due to heavy rain that had delayed the race start for more than three hours. Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen both retained their qualifying positions. As less than 75% of the race distance was completed, half points were awarded, resulting in Verstappen closing the gap to Hamilton to three points.
The race went down as the shortest in Formula 1 history, surpassing the 14 laps at 1991 Australian Grand Prix. Following the Belgian Grand Prix fiasco, Formula One said it will review the rules on how long a race needs to run before points can be awarded. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motor sports, said together with Formula One and the teams will carefully review the regulations to see what can be learned and improved in the future.
"The findings, including the topic of points allocation, will be added to the agenda for the next F1 Commission meeting," FIA president, Jean Todt, said at the time.
The last time F1 had a half points race was in 2009 at the end of a Malaysian Grand Prix also halted by rain, according to FIA. Verstappen was declared the winner, scoring 12.5 points, with George Russell being awarded nine points and his first F1 podium finish.