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Todt sees Formula 1's problem: 'At the moment it can't be done'

Todt sees Formula 1's problem: 'At the moment it can't be done'

08-09-2021 10:51 Last update: 11:16


The Belgian Grand Prix ended in a big fiasco; after two laps behind the safety car, half points were awarded. Jean Todt is disappointed that things went this way and is looking at ways to improve in the future.

Todt is critical

It rained all weekend at Spa-Francorchamps and that caused major problems. Up until the very last session of the weekend, everything could take place as usual, but racing on Sunday afternoon proved impossible for F1. Despite the fact that there was no real racing, the drivers still got half points.

"I mean, the only thing I blame myself for is that we knew it will happen. So as we knew, maybe we should have had a clearer protocol. But otherwise, why did it happen? Because the cars are wider, more downforce, probably not enough testing with extreme wet tyres," Todt said to Motorsport.com.

F1 can't race in the rain anymore

The president of the FIA explained that it is currently impossible for F1 cars to race in these conditions. "It’s impossible in a circuit like Spa. Can you imagine if we would have said, ‘OK let's go.’ First, second or third lap we would have taken the risk of having 15 cars hitting each other, and we don't want that."

"We want racing with rain, but at the moment we don't have the ingredients to race under those conditions. So it's still a race weekend, and as it is a race weekend, we must distribute points," concluded Todt, who does indicate that perhaps the regulations should be looked at to provide a solution should a similar situation arise in the future.

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