F1 drivers not happy about points being awarded for the Belgian GP

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The FIA decided to run the Belgian Grand Prix for two laps behind a Safety Car and award everybody half-points. This doesn’t sit well with many drivers and teams.

We already wrote about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ thoughts on the “farce” that was the Belgian Grand Prix, but now many other drivers and teams have come out saying that giving out points for what was a procession behind a Safety Car is plain wrong.

Here’s what some of them said:

Sebastian Vettel

“It obviously was no race, so we should not have any points or anything. What’s the effort we did today? We followed the Safety Car and all said that it’s not fine to race.

“Anyways, I mean for us we get some points, but still it feels really odd. I’ve done so many races and this is by far probably the race that doesn’t feel like a race and you still get some points, so it’s a bit awkward.”

Fernando Alonso

“It was a terrible day for everyone. It was a little bit of an early Christmas because there were some gifts given today to some people.

“We didn’t race but they still get the position and still get the points, so it’s actually shocking. I was P11, I was one place to the points.

“I was never allowed to fight for those points but they still gave the points. It’s shocking in a way, but it’s the way it is.”

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Esteban Ocon

“The FIA made a good decision to not race in zero visibility.We chose the safe option, but there would have been an accident. All the drivers agree with that.

“But Fernando is not wrong about the allocation of points. It’s good for the drivers who did the job in qualifying, but we lost out to our competitors.

“We could have scored points with both cars if there had been a real race.”

Lando Norris

“I don’t think any points should be awarded for today. I think for how little we did today, X amount of racing laps, we go out and we race for X amount of the race, but to drive around behind the safety car and then for people to get points…

“Maybe I’d be saying the opposite if I was first and I’d got a good amount of points, I don’t know.

“I don’t feel like – even though it’s benefitted us today as Daniel got a good amount of points comparing to Ferrari – I don’t feel it’s deserved race for points because it’s not a race at the end of the day.”

Pierre Gasly

“I don’t feel like I deserved any points for what I’ve done. I just followed the safety car. I didn’t crash in the laps to the grid, but that’s the only thing I’ve done!

“I don’t know if we deserved any points.”

Carlos Sainz

“First of all, it was the right decision not to race. All the people criticising at home are talking nonsense. Basically, you could not see from here.

“Giving points for a race that didn’t happen seems wrong to me. If you have not competed, why are you distributing points for a race that didn’t exist?”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown

“That was certainly a disappointing day. We wanted to race, our drivers wanted to race and, of course, we know you wanted to see a race and that is not what you saw. That is not what we participated in.

“[It was a] very difficult situation. I think it needs a bit of an explanation. I think the FIA did everything they could to put on a race. They obviously can’t control the weather. They do need to put the drivers’ safety first. The conditions were not raceable.

“The regulations state [that] after you do a few laps it can be called a race. I think that needs to be reviewed. I don’t think there’s anyone that 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.

“That is what the rules say but I think that now needs to be reviewed by all of us to learn from today and realise that if we are given this type of situation, what would we do differently to make sure that the outcome is everyone gets their race in, whether that’s the following day, whether it comes back.

“It’s quite complicated with the schedule but I don’t think anyone would say today it felt right calling that a race. We will get to work on this and hope that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

Alfa Romeo

“The decision not to race in these conditions was the right one, in the interest of protecting the safety of the drivers, the marshals and the spectators themselves.

“However, the situation would have been dealt with a lot more appropriately by not having at all the ‘race’ we witnessed yesterday: this outcome hurts us all, but in particular it hurts the fans of the sport, who didn’t get the show they came to see.

“We hope lessons were learnt yesterday, lessons that will improve the way we operate in the future and that put the supporters of our sport in the position they deserve to be.”

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