Romain Grosjean is out of the Brazilian Grand Prix after the Frenchman crashed on the installation lap on his way to the grid on a very wet track at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
The Haas F1 Team driver was set to start the race from seventh on the grid after an excellent qualifying performance, his best qualifying of the season, but lost control heading up the hill out of the final corner, spinning around and hitting the outside wall.
The front suspension of his car was broken as a result, and Grosjean was looking dejected as he stepped out of the stricken VF16.
With a very wet track and aquaplaning affecting drivers – one of the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team drivers almost repeated the trick at the same point on the race track as Grosjean – it is likely that the penultimate race of the season might start behind the safety car.
The race start has been delayed by ten minutes, and could still be delayed further.