The Brazilian Grand Prix has been red flagged following a crash for Kimi Raikkonen on Lap 20 of the race at Interlagos amid heavy rain.
Conditions were poor enough to warrant a 10 minute delay for the race start, which was conducted behind the safety car before the track was dry enough for green flag running on Lap 8.
A number of drivers made the switch to intermediate tires, believing the track to have dried out enough, but grip was still low and caused Marcus Ericsson to crash in the final sector.
Ericsson’s shunt resulted in a six-lap safety car period before the race returned to green, with a number of drivers calling for a red flag due to the intensifying rain.
The green flag lasted mere moments as Raikkonen slammed into the wall on the main straight before coming back across the track, remarkably missing the oncoming drivers.
With debris strewn across the track and the drivers worried about the weather, the stewards took the call to stop the race and throw a red flag.
The race clocked has been frozen with 1:23:13 remaining for the race to be completed, while the four-hour window expires at 3pm ET.
The drivers must get to Lap 54 for full points to be awarded, with half points otherwise being handed out as things stand.
UPDATE 12:38pm ET – Race red flagged again
The race has been red flagged for a second time due to rain. After completing eight laps behind the safety car when the race resumed at 12:21pm ET, the decision was taken to bring the cars into the pits again, sparking booing in the crowds.
Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).
It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).
Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.
The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.
“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”
“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”