Nico Rosberg leads the championship by 19 points with two races remaining and starts the race in second.
The Interlagos race, the penultimate event of the season, was scheduled to start at 1600 GMT but will now get under way 10 minutes late.
Officials said the race would start behind the Safety Car.
Frenchman Romain Grosjean had already crashed on his way to the grid and will miss the race.
The Haas driver lost control of his car on the climb out of the final corner at the rain-soaked circuit and collided with a wall.
His crash left a gap on the grid and served as a serious reminder to the title contenders Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg that they are competing in treacherous and dangerous conditions.
Hamilton, the defending three-time world champion, starts from pole position and must win or finish ahead of Rosberg to keep alive his title defence.
Rosberg leads the championship by 19 points with two races remaining and starts the race in second.