This weekend sees Formula 1 travel to the Netherlands in what is set to be the first Dutch Grand Prix since 1985 where the late Niki Lauda finished above teammate Alain Prost by 0.2 seconds with the legendary Ayrton Senna who was soon to sign for McLaren after Lauda, finishing 48 seconds behind his soon to be French nemesis in a Lotus-Renault.
Last weekend’s GP at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium has caused a lot of controversy amongst the F1 paddock, as there was essentially no racing, but points were rewarded. Due to the waterlogged conditions, the race start was delayed which meant that the cars started behind the safety car before coming in after one lap. After over three hours of delay, two more laps were completed which then triggered an F1 rule that two or more laps in a race means that a race has been held and that half points are awarded, gifting pole-sitter Max Verstappen the win, ahead of a joyous George Russell in the Williams, whilst a furious Lewis Hamilton filled the podium places, knowing that his Championship lead to Verstappen had been cut from eight-point to three due to these abnormal circumstances.
The Belgian GP went down as the shortest in the history of the sport and was highly controversial, with Hamilton saying "Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility to gain or lose a place is not racing" the seven-time World Champion also regarded the GP as a “farce” too. Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso also said that the top ten get an “early Christmas” and labelled himself as “the first idiot” for being in 11th place and not allowed to overtake under the safety car.