April 5, 2009 / 1:26 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX-Motor racing-Formula One races where half points awarded

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Sunday’s rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix was only the fifth race since the Formula One championship started in 1950 to end with half-points awarded.

The following details the other four:

SPAIN 1975

The race at Barcelona’s Montjuich circuit was stopped after 29 of the 75 laps when German Rolf Stommelen’s Lola crashed into the crowd and killed five spectators. Italian Lella Lombardi finished sixth, becoming the first woman driver to score. No woman has ever scored a full point.

AUSTRIA 1975

Stopped in the 29th of 54 laps at the Oesterreichring due to rain. The late Italian Vittorio Brambilla, nicknamed the “Monza Gorilla,” took the only victory of his Formula One career. He was so excited that he spun into the barriers after taking the chequered flag.

MONACO 1984

Race halted in the 31st of 77 laps due to rain. French great Alain Prost was the winner. He ended up losing the title that year by a half-point to Austrian Niki Lauda, despite winning more races.

AUSTRALIA 1991

The season-ending race in Adelaide was won by Brazilian Ayrton Senna after being stopped on the 14th of 81 laps due to heavy rain. Italian Gianni Morbidelli ended the year with only a half-point and had to wait until 1994 to score a whole one.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Clare Fallon; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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