Grosjean, who had qualified a season-best seventh at Interlagos, lost control heading up the hill into the final turn, hitting the barrier and causing significant damage to his car’s front-left suspension. The Frenchman was unhurt in the incident.
With conditions this treacherous, it is highly likely the race - which could decide the 2016 drivers’ title - will begin behind the safety car on full-wet tyres. The start has currently been delayed by 10 minutes by race officials.
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