Rain did arrive in Korea prior to the race start. The usual recon laps were changed to allow the drivers to test the wet condition on their dry setups and using both the wet and intermediate Bridgestones. The drivers were released from pit lane...
Rain did arrive in Korea prior to the race start. The usual recon laps were changed to allow the drivers to test the wet condition on their dry setups and using both the wet and intermediate Bridgestones. The drivers were released from pit lane one at a time and staggered for safety reasons.
Just as they were on the grid for today's Formula One race in Korea, the rain increased and the FIA made the decision to delay the start for 10 minutes and they declared it a "wet" tire race so all cars had to be using the wet Bridgestones. The second declaration was to start behind the Safety Car with a rolling start.
The rain was actually getting heavier and the track had not only an oily surface due to recently laid down asphalt, just days prior to the inaugural Korean Grand Prix. Rivers along the track and puddles on the track surface were forming. It did not take long for the drivers to relay messages to race control and the red flag was shown.
If the two hour maximum race time period is met, the checkered flag will be shown once the race get underway. The clock did not stop during the red flag but the red flag time will be added at the end of the original two hours to allow the maximum time on track for the rules of "race time". However, by then it could be too dark to race as they have lost nearly one hour before the safety car again takes them onto a rolling start for the green flag on the newly built Yeongam circuit.
Besides visibility problems, the drivers will have extra risk entering and in pit lane as concrete will be very slick and pit crews are remaining busy moving the water out of the pit area.
Note: The race has restarted but still behind the Safety Car.