There’s no escape from that awful Formula 1 race in Belgium, and it might prove pivotal to this year’s world title.
For the first time in decades, there’s a real opportunity that the Formula 1 season could do with a connection. And also if that’s the case, F1 has a means to work out things and locate a victor. But, it does imply we have to talk about that dreadful Belgian Grand Prix again. I’m sorry.
To establish the scene, as we head into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, championship competitors Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are level on factors. They both remain on an outstanding 369.5, which they have generated via the 2021 period.
By my math, there’s two ways that both drivers could still be level on points adhering to the race in Abu Dhabi.
To begin with, if either chauffeur finishes in nine place and also the other comes home 10th as well as establishes the fastest lap of the race, they’ll remain level.
That’s because ending up 9th in a grand prix makes you two points, while coming tenth will obtain you one point. In addition to that, F1 likewise provides an additional point for whoever sets the fastest lap of the race.
While it’s unlikely we’ll see either of these chauffeurs are up to the bottom of the points, it could occur if there are engine penalties or on-track incidents.
Which brings me onto the second means they’ll finish the race in a connection, and that’s if neither manages to rack up any factors. That could be as a result of a freak mechanical problem that hits both drivers or, as several are expecting, they can collaborate on track as well as take one another out.
Yet if it does, and also the competitors are still level on factors come the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon, F1 will decide this year’s champion based on the variety of wins they have actually had this season.
Thus far, Mercedes driver Hamilton has scratched up eight success. However, Verstappen is just in advance as well as has 9 success this year. That means, if all of it boiled down to a connection, Verstappen would be crowned 2021 Solution 1 Globe Drivers Champ.
Certain, that all seems reasonable. Yet, one of Verstappen’s win was the farcical 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. That race was, to put it candidly, an absolute spunk program.
The race at Spa, which is normally a highpoint of the F1 schedule, was one of the sporting activity’s most shambolic events in years. After rain flooded the track, teams, drivers and also fans were left waiting around for hours as race directors chose exactly how to handle the situation.
Guardians could not decide when the race had actually started, how long it can compete or perhaps the number of laps had been finished. It was a low point for the sport.
In the long run, coordinators ultimately called it gives up after the cars finished simply two laps of Medical spa– each behind the safety and security auto. The whole thing was a full mess.
After those two laps of racing, Formula 1 claimed it would certainly award half-points for the event, which is currently officially the shortest race in F1 background.
Because of this, Max Verstappen was awarded top place and also 12.5 factors, George Russell took second at 9 points, and Lewis Hamilton was granted 3rd and 7.5 points.
Oh, and also Nikita Mazepin established the fastest lap of the race.
Half points are awarded for races listed below fifty percent range in F1, so technically Max Verstappen has actually won 8.5 races and also Hamilton just eight.
If this event winds up affecting the outcome of one of the most exciting title fights in years, that would certainly be a crushing impact to the sporting activity.
At the time, numerous said the race should have been cancelled and followers refunded for their tickets. And also currently, the broader effects of F1 urging that the race was run can draw more objection from observers. Undoubtedly, winning this non-race should not be enough to place you in advance in a world championship?
If that does come to be the case come Sunday, this is quickly a bigger parody than any kind of suspicious time-penalty, grid decrease or questionable crash that we’ve seen throughout this extremely scrappy F1 season.
Here’s wishing that this situation doesn’t involve fruition.