A torrential monsoon stopped play during the Malaysian grand prix on Sunday, with winner Jenson Button only able to enjoy half-points.

A torrential monsoon stopped play during the Malaysian grand prix on Sunday, with winner Jenson Button only able to enjoy half-points.

With drivers needing boats with headlights rather than single seaters when the red flags were flown on lap 32, they then waited on the grid in fading light until the clock reached the maximum 2-hour time limit.

"They're dreaming if they think we can restart this one," Red Bull driver and GPDA director Mark Webber, flinching as a bolt of forked lightening struck nearby, said during the wait.

Although short, the race was action packed, with Nico Rosberg comfortably leading early, but it was clear Button's Brawn was the fastest car.

Germany's Nick Heidfeld, and Timo Glock - whose Toyota team can congratulate itself for shrewd strategy decisions as the conditions morphed from dry to wet - completed the podium.

As in Australia, Ferrari again scored no points, Kimi Raikkonen abandoning the wait for a re-start with a can of coke and chocolate ice-cream after the team feared a KERS problem amid the deluge.

Button will be taking just 5 points back to his home in Monaco, but his second win of the season gives him a clear 5-point lead in the championship over teammate Rubens Barrichello.

Referring to the safety car finish a week ago in Australia, the Briton grinned: "I still haven't seen the chequered flag without a safety car in front of it!"

 

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