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Drivers, fans furious as Brazilian GP halted again

The car of Ferrari’s driver Kimi Raikkonen is removed from the track after he crashed and the race was stopped during the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 13, 2016 © AFP / Miguel Schincarol

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov 13 – The rain-lashed Brazilian Grand Prix was red-flagged to a halt for a second time at Interlagos on Sunday, prompting dismay by drivers and anger amongst frustrated spectators.

The red flag was brought out on the 20th lap and again eight laps later as heavy rain caused chaos to the potentially title-deciding race.

The cars had been back out lapping behind the Safety Car for eight laps following an earlier red flag interruption when Kimi Raikkonen crashed on the main straight in his Ferrari.

Raikkonen was unhurt and walked back to the pits.

The crowd reaction continued as the cars returned to the pit lane with many whistling and giving the event the thumbs down.

“I don’t know why we are stopping, its not that wet now and I don’t know we’re stopping,” said race leader and defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who is seeking victory to keep alive his defence of the title.

“The track is fine. It’s extreme wet conditions. Normal.”

Hamilton had led ahead of his Mercedes team-mate championship leader Nico Rosberg from the start until the second red flag after 28 of the scheduled 71 laps.