Formula One bosses plan to tear up their rule book to prevent another Belgian Grand Prix ‘farce’ after rain meant drivers raced just two laps – with no overtaking allowed – leaving Lewis Hamilton and Co fuming when half-points were awarded

A rule change could ensure there is no repeat of this year’s Belgian Grand Prix with Formula One reportedly planning talks with teams and the FIA. Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility to gain or lose a place is not racing. With widespread condemnation around the way the decision was reached to hand out half-points following laps behind a safety car, changes are unlikely to be met with too much opposition. One solution would be to only allow for points following ‘racing laps’ – unaided by the safety car. ‘I don’t think there is anyone who would argue the weather was safe to race in, but we need a better solution as a sport when that type of situation happens. The outcome should not be a race after three laps behind a safety car.

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