Is it too dangerous for Formula One to continue racing at Spa? Wet weather AGAIN causes havoc in an area which holds the sport hostage to the rain

That is how it seemed as five ‘formation’ laps behind the safety car presaged the sprint race on Saturday won almost inevitably by Max Verstappen. Context to these problems is that 49 drivers have perished at Spa in nearly 100 years, the last one – in the wet – only four weeks earlier: 18-year-old Dutch driver Dilano van ‘t Hoff in a Formula Regional European Championship race. That is why the drivers wanted the FIA race director, Niels Wittich, to exercise caution. They did not complain about the delay afterwards, other than for Verstappen wondering whether they might have started a lap or two earlier. Half the field went in to move to full wets on the first racing lap.

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