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Verstappen wins in Belgium without racing a single lap

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the rain-hit Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday without racing even a single lap as half-points were awarded for only the sixth time in Formula One history.

After some three hours of waiting for the rain to subside, the race started from the pitlane and behind the safety car and was then stopped after completing the two laps required to award half points.

George Russell finished second for Williams, his first Formula One podium, with seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes.

Hamilton’s overall lead over Verstappen was cut from eight points to three. 

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Andrew Heavens)

Photo Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at the Spa-Francorchamps race track in Stavelot, Belgium, 29 August 2021. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ