Malaysian GP stalled due to heavy rain

Updated: Mar 25, 2012, 14:59 PM IST

SEPANG, Malaysia: The Malaysian Grand Prix was halted after eight laps on Sunday, officials red flagging the race 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.

With the entire field lapping behind the safety car, Lewis Hamilton was leading when the red flag was waved, with McLaren team mate Jenson Button in second and Sergio Perez third in a Sauber.

The drivers started the race 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.

Bureau Report