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The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2021) was the 12th race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps between August 27 and August 29 2021.

Max Verstappen took pole position in a wet qualifying as Lando Norris crashed heavily at the Eau Rouge corner. Before the start of the race, Sergio Pérez crashed at Les Combes, hence unable to initially start. The start was delayed for nearly half an hour before the formation lap began. However, the weather conditions were too dangerous to continue, with the start procedure suspended. The race got underway again with a 1-hour time limit after a two and a half hour delay, which allowed Perez' car to be repaired in time, but was red-flagged again after two laps were completed. With the conditions continuing to deteriorate, it was ultimately decided that the race would not be restarted, hence Verstappen was declared the winner, and with half-points awarded. George Russell, who qualified a surprise second took his maiden podium, with Lewis Hamilton in third.


Background[]

Heading into the 12th round after the summer break, Lewis Hamilton reclaimed the drivers' championship standings lead from Max Verstappen after outscoring him for two consecutive races, while Mercedes also reclaimed the standings lead from Red Bull in the constructors' standings.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
Source:[1]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

The start of qualifying was delayed for 12 minutes due to rain. Eliminated in Q1 were Giovinazzi, Tsunoda, Schumacher, Raikkonen and Mazepin.

Q2[]

Eliminated in Q2 were Leclerc, Latifi, Sainz, Alonso and Stroll, who would start 20th with his grid penalty from the previous race applied.

Q3[]

The rain intensified before Q3 began, and as Norris began his flying lap, he lost control and crashed heavily into the barriers at Eau Rouge, spinning and coming to a halt and stopping the session for 40 minutes. Russell briefly went fastest before Verstappen beat his time, with Hamilton starting behind the duo. Bottas, who qualified in 8th, would start 13th with his grid penalty applied.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 2 1:58.717 5 1:56.559 1 1:59.765 1
2 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 5 1:59.864 8 1:56.950 2 2:00.086 2
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 3 1:59.218 2 1:56.229 3 2:00.099 3
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 2:01.583 9 1:57.127 4 2:00.864 4
5 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 7 2:00.175 6 1:56.814 5 2:00.935 5
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 8 2:00.387 4 1:56.440 6 2:01.164 6
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 4 1:59.334 7 1:56.886 7 2:02.112 7
8 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 6 1:59.870 3 1:56.295 8 2:02.502 13*
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 15 2:01.824 10 1:57.354 9 2:03.513 8
10 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:58.301 1 1:56.025 10 No time set 14
11 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 9 2:00.728 11 1:57.721 9
12 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 10 2:00.966 12 1:58.056 10
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 11 2:01.184 13 1:58.137 11
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 14 2:01.653 14 1:58.205 12
15 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 2:01.597 15 1:58.231 20*
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 16 2:02.306 15
17 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 17 2:02.413 16
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 18 2:03.973 17
19 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 19 2:04.452 18
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 2:04.939 19
107% Time: 2:06.582
Source:[2]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Bottas and Stroll were given five-place grid penalties for causing collisions in the previous race.
  • Norris did not set a lap time due to an accident during qualifying. He was then given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
  • As qualifying was held on a wet session, the 107% Rule was not enforced.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Before the race, Perez crashed at Les Combes on his way to the grid, due to rainy conditions. The team determined that his car was too damaged to take the race start.

The start was delayed repeatedly until 3.25 pm local time, with the entire field starting the formation lap behind the safety car. However, visibility was poor, and the start procedure was announced to be suspended, with the restart not commencing until 6.17 pm local time. During this period, Perez' car was managed to be repaired after it was deemed that he was allowed to start, while Stroll changed into a different spec rear wing during the wait.

The race got underway behind the safety car for two laps until it was red-flagged again as conditions still did not improve. At this point, it was decided not to restart the race, and hence Verstappen was declared the winner, with Russell taking his first podium in second and Hamilton in third, and the race had half-points awarded as the race did not reach 75% race distance, with the rest of the Top 10 classified as how they started, those who started behind Perez gained a place as Perez was reclassified last after the restart.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points*
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1 3:27.071 1 12.5
2 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1 +1.995 2 9
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 +2.601 3 7.5
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 +4.496 4 6
5 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 1 +7.479 5 5
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1 +10.177 6 4
7 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 1 +11.579 8 3
8 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 1 +12.608 9 2
9 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1 +15.484 10 1
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 1 +16.166 11 0.5
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 1 +20.590 12
12 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1 +22.414 13
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1 +24.163 16
14 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 +27.109 14
15 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1 +28.329 17
16 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 1 +29.507 18
17 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 1 +31.993 19
18 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1 +36.054 PL
19 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 1 +38.205 PL
20 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 1 +44.108 PL
Source:
  • * Half-points were awarded as the race did not reach 75% of the scheduled distance.
  • Räikkönen and Stroll started from the pit lane after having their rear wing assemblies changed. Stroll's was changed during the delay, and received an additional 10-second time penalty applied after the race.
  • Perez initially was unable to start after crashing his car while on his way to the grid before the race. He was later given permission to start after his car was repaired during the delay.


Milestones[]

Standings[]

The half-points awarding meant that Verstappen could only reduce the drivers' championship leading gap to 3 points behind Hamilton and also 7 constructors' championship points behind Mercedes. While there were no changes in the drivers' standings, the only change was Russell gaining a place ahead of his team-mate thanks to his podium finish. Ricciardo's high classification ahead of the Ferraris meant that McLaren reclaimed third in the constructors' standings ahead of the Scuderia, with Williams moving further from Alfa Romeo thanks to Russell's podium.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 202.5
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 199.5
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris 113
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas 108
5 Mexico Sergio Pérez 104
6 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 83.5
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc 82
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 56 ▲1
9 France Pierre Gasly 54 ▼1
10 France Esteban Ocon 42
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 38
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 35
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 18
14 Canada Lance Stroll 18
15 United Kingdom George Russell 13 ▲1
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 7 ▼1
17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 310.5
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 303.5
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 169 ▲1
4 Italy Ferrari 165.5 ▼1
5 France Alpine-Renault 80
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 72
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 53
8 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 20
9 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 3

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 2021 Belgian Grand Prix - Entry List (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 14 Nov 2021
  2. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
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