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WAs-Francorchamps, Belgium – The start of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix was postponed after hours of heavy rain that made it dangerous to start on time on Sunday.
The red flag was issued shortly after 3:30 pm, the 7-kilometer circuit was completely wet.
The starting signal was expected to be given at 3:00 PM, but this was delayed by 25 minutes on two occasions.
Wet fans waited under large umbrellas, until the worst of the rain passed.
Thick clouds and fog also reduced visibility.
When the pilots embarked on their training sessions, many of them complained.
“I don’t see anything,” said Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
The decision to suspend the start was made a few moments later.
“It was drenched in water, but I think it’s OK to hold the race,” said Max Verstappen of first-placed Red Bull.
Teammate Sergio Perez skidded off the track during the warm-up, causing damage to the front suspension.
Red Bull asked the FIA if Perez could start the race if they fixed his car in time. The FIA decided he would be able to start the race from the pits.
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