IndyCar: Two red flags for rain postpone first Toronto race start (UPDATED)

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TORONTO, 5:10 p.m. ET – We have confirmation from INDYCAR that the race, if it resumes, will be 65 laps or 90 minutes, whichever comes first.

5:00 p.m. ET – Guess what. We have another red flag. No determination on when this one will get back going, as yet.

4:55 p.m. ET – Since the last update, we’ve had a pace car spin and Will Power spin with contact into the Turn 11 barrier. Thus far, we have not completed any scored laps or time yet.

Power told NBCSN’s Marty Snider, “I just whipped it around, I had no chance. My bad. I don’t know, obviously at the front it’s a lot easier to see. Starting 18th you can’t see a thing. I don’t know. We’ll get out, it’ll take about an hour to fix it. That’s the worst spot on the track to have it. To not even start the race is a bad deal man. You sit there and think that’s a big chunk of points right there. Was not ready for that.”

4:25 p.m. ET – Visibility concerns for drivers has prompted a change from a standing start to a single-file rolling start. The race is expected to go green on the second time by.

4:05 p.m. ET: The first of the Honda Indy Toronto races is now on a temporary delay, as a red flag has been issued just before the start for race one.

What had been a steady drizzle in the hour leading up to the race has intensified; additionally, visibility issues have been reported by drivers around the 1.755-mile circuit.

“As you saw we tried to get the race underway, and see if the rain could ease off. The race technically hasn’t started yet, so teams can go to their box. They can do whatever they want to their cars. Hopefully the weather will ease up,” said IndyCar president of competition and operations Derrick Walker to NBCSN. “There was a lot of feedback from the teams the visibility was pretty bad.”

“It’s just the spray,” Jimmy Vasser, team co-owner of KVSH Racing told NBCSN’s Kevin Lee. “It could be interesting going into Turn 3. With the rain, it changes every situation.”

“The spray’s massive; behind me it’s awful so I can understand this call,” said KVSH’s Sebastien Bourdais, who scored the Verizon P1 award for the race.

“You get a little more anxious; steady rain is easier than rain, sun and rain, sun,” Penske Racing president Tim Cindric told NBCSN as well.

You can watch it live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; stay tuned for MotorSportsTalk for further updates. The race will be a two-hour time limit, or 85 laps, whichever comes first. Teams are in the pits for changes.

F1 2017 driver review: Sebastian Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel

Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car No.: 5
Races: 20
Wins: 5
Podiums (excluding wins): 8
Pole Positions: 4
Fastest Laps: 5
Points: 317
Laps Led: 286
Championship Position: 2nd

2017 was supposed to be the year Sebastian Vettel finally fulfilled his ambition of emulating Michael Schumacher by returning Ferrari to its championship-winning heyday.

Instead, it ended in disappointment and frustration – once again.

Ferrari arguably made a greater step across the change in technical regulations for 2017 than any other team, living up to its pre-season tag as favorite by winning the opening round in Australia in fashion.

Vettel and Ferrari led their respective championships following the Monaco Grand Prix as the German ended a 16-year win drought for the Prancing Horse in the principality, and even heading into the summer break, a shot at both championships was looking good.

However, cracks had started to appear. Vettel’s remarkable antics behind the safety car in Baku sparked controversy after driving into Hamilton, suggesting the tension of the title fight was beginning to take its toll on the German.

The final run of flyaways was where things really fell apart for Vettel, though. Singapore looked to be a slam-dunk win, only for a start-line crash also involving teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen to put 25 free points in Hamilton’s pocket.

Reliability woes then struck in Malaysia and Japan – two more races Vettel could realistically have won – to make it game over in the title race, with Hamilton wrapping things up in Mexico.

Vettel only finished the year 46 points back from Hamilton, proving the impact the three bad races in Asia had. Realistically, this was a title race that should have gone down to the wire in Abu Dhabi. Instead, Vettel remains a four-time champion, level with Hamilton, who had just one to his name back in 2013 when his rival secured his fourth.

Ferrari’s internal issues will come under the microscope over the off-season, and Vettel himself knows there is plenty to work on. Staying cool under pressure and not letting things boil over as in Baku is the most obvious area for improvement.

But there is reason for hope. If Ferrari can keep up with Mercedes and repeat its impressive step into 2017 through the upcoming off-season, we may well be treated to another Vettel/Hamilton scrap at the front of the field, perhaps settling once and for all who is the greatest driver of the post-Schumacher era.

Season High: A crucial win in Hungary despite battling with a broken steering column.

Season Low: Letting tensions flare in Baku and hitting Hamilton behind the safety car.