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Sepang red flag was the right call at the right time

Safety car leads the field. Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 25 March 2012.

Mar.26 (GMM) The decision to red flag Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix was correct, according to commentators.

A handful of laps into the Sepang race, FIA race director Charlie Whiting instructed that the event be halted due to the torrential track conditions.

The race did not restart for close to an hour.

“Did you enjoy the race,” former driver and British commentator Martin Brundle asked his followers on Twitter, “or did the 50 minute red flag spoil it for you?”

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg backed Whiting’s decision.

“I was screaming into the radio that I couldn’t drive anymore. And (teammate) Paul (di Resta) did the same,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali agrees.

“There were small streams and lakes all over the track and also the lack of visibility was a major topic. It was just too dangerous,” said the Italian.

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