2008 Monaco GP preview: Rain

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Rubens Barrichello, Stewart-Ford, Monte-Carlo, 1997, 470150

So often long-range weather forecasts ahead of Grand Prix weekends promise rain that never comes. But teams are increasingly wary of rain forecast for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix qualifying and race.

Over at Autosport Geoff Creighton and Emlyn Hughes have finely honed the science of predicting the weather forecast for a Grand Prix weekend and here’s what they had to say:

The latest maps show that Monte Carlo is at risk of rainfall any time from Saturday evening. As it stands at the moment, until we get more information, that risk remains in place throughout race day.

They point to this satellite prediction of rainfall in Europe over the coming days which shows Monte-Carlo is expected to see occasional bursts of rainfall (to work out where Monaco is have a look at this map and zoom out).

The teams and drivers are preparing for rain. Rubens Barrichello, who finished second in the last wet Monaco Grand Prix in 1997 (pictured) said:

The weather will no doubt play a part on Saturday and Sunday as it looks like we will have some rain.

And Kimi Raikkonen added:

A wet race? It would make matters complicated but it would be the same for everyone.

Given the fears about racing F1 cars in the wet without traction control expressed by Felipe Massa and other drivers over the winter it would be quite ironic if the first wet race of the year was at Monte-Carlo, where even the slightest error is punished by the unforgiving walls.