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Belgian Grand Prix live report: Start delayed as heavy rain renders Spa undrivable

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The start to Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix has been delayed as heavy rain has rendered the Spa Francorchamps track undrivable for all but the lead car.

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After being sent out on a formation lap, drivers began voicing their concerns that the track was unsafe to race on in the prevailing conditions. More heavy rain is expected but organisers are confident the Grand Prix will start.

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Belgian Grand Prix
Race marshalls clear the car of Red Bull’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez after he crashed in a warm up run before the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 29, 2021. (Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP)

With the grid led by Max Verstappen, the race was due to get underway for the 12th round of the season 30 minutes late and missing Sergio Perez.

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate aquaplaned out of contention on his way to the start at Les Combes.

The formation lap will be behind a safety car once the race finally begins with the majority of the 75,000 umbrella-clutching crowd supporting local favourite Verstappen.

The Dutch national is joined on the front row by the Williams of George Russell, who produced a standout Q3 lap on Saturday, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the second row with the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.

Belgian Grand Prix
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 in the Pitlane prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Verstappen trails Hamilton by eight points in the drivers’ championship.

Additional reporting from AFP.

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