The weather at the Belgium circuit continued to be wet as race day arrived and the Grand Prix was declared a wet race.
Lance started the Grand Prix in 18th due to Kimi Räikkönen’s pitlane start and Sergio Pérez’s crash on the formation lap.
But the start of the race was delayed by 25 minutes due to track conditions before the drivers filed off the grid for the formation lap.
As the rain continued to fall, the start procedure was abandoned and the red flag came out, forcing the drivers back to the pits as they awaited a break in the rain.
After a lengthy three-hour delay, the race was able to get underway behind the Safety Car. However, after several laps, the race was red flagged once again and the grid returned to the pits.
The Grand Prix was eventually called off and Lance finished P18, which became P20 following a rear-wing change under the red flag, which was made to help him take advantage of the conditions had the race taken place.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It is a real shame for the fans today. I am sorry they waited all afternoon for a race that ended in the sad way it did. We cannot control the weather and safety must come first. It is a tough decision for the FIA and Formula One to make, but it was the right one. Visibility out on track was really bad. It is not a nice feeling to be on sections like the Kemmel Straight, where it is so fast, and you cannot see in front of you because of the spray. I would have loved to try and fight my way back up the grid today; I felt confident we could make good progress, but it is over now and we will focus on next weekend’s race at Zandvoort.”
Formula One now moves on to Zandvoort for the second race of the triple-header and the first Dutch Grand Prix in 36 years.
FP1 for the Dutch Grand Prix will get underway on Friday September 3 from 10:30am BST.
Italian Grand Prix
September 12, 2021
Lance claimed P7 and six points at the Italian Grand Prix as Formula One’s second triple-header draws to a close.