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Malaysian Grand Prix

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Malaysian Grand Prix, The Malaysian Grand Prix was halted for 51 minutes on Sunday as officials red flagged the race after just eight laps due to torrential rain at the Sepang circuit.

The downpour reduced visibility to a bare minimum and the wet track caused cars to lose grip, leaving race organisers with no option other than to halt the race and wait for the weather to clear up.

Under clearing skies, the race restarted behind the safety car with Lewis Hamilton leading, McLaren team mate Jenson Button in second and Sergio Perez third in a Sauber.

All the cars had wet tyres fitted. The entire field started on intermediate tyres as rain began to lash the circuit, opted to switch to wets after a few more laps but with Button telling his team over the radio that the third sector was “like a lake”, the safety car was deployed.

Romain Grosjean was the only casualty before the stoppage, the Frenchman spinning off the track on the fourth lap in his Lotus, beaching his car in the gravel.

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