By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Auto Racing Writer
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — The Belgian Grand Prix was suspended after hours of heavy rainfall made it too dangerous to start out the race on time Sunday.
A pink flag got here out shortly after 3:30 p.m. following a formation lap and no new begin time was instantly given.
The 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) Spa-Francorchamps circuit was completely drenched for the scheduled 3 p.m. begin, which was twice pushed again to three:25 p.m.
Soaked followers huddled beneath massive umbrellas on muddy banks as they waited for the worst of the rain to go. The thick clouds and mist hanging over the Ardennes forest additionally gave the circuit a frightening look and made for poor visibility.
When the drivers launched into their formation laps, a number of complained.
“I actually can’t see something,” stated Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
The resolution to droop the beginning was made a couple of moments later.
“It’s moist, however I feel it’s nice to race,” stated Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who’s ranging from pole place.
But his teammate Sergio Perez was out of the race earlier than it even began, sliding off the monitor throughout the warmup lap at round 2:30 p.m. and damaging his entrance suspension.
Red Bull requested the FIA’s race management if Perez might begin the race in the event that they repaired his automotive in time. The FIA stated it was contemplating the request.
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