Italian GP weather update: rain again?

Earlier this week the signs pointed to a dry weekend at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.

But now forecasts are starting to indicate a chance of wet weather this weekend.

The Metrociel precipitation map shows rainfall arriving at the circuit on Saturday afternoon – potentially during qualifying – and remaining into Sunday. (See here for the location of Monza)

Remarkably, after decades of largely dry Italian Grands Prix, we could be about to get a second consecutive wet race at Monza.

This could play into the hands of the Red Bull drivers. Their cars have been strong in the wet this year, with Sebastian Vettel winning in the rain in Shanghai, as he did for Toro Rosso in last year’s wet Italian Grand Prix.

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23 comments on Italian GP weather update: rain again?

  1. sato113 said on 10th September 2009, 23:15

    nope the BBC now says ‘Heavy Rain Shower’ for Saturday and Sunday! (and Mon, Tue…) http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/5006

    MSN predicts Rain on saturday with a chance on sunday
    http://weather.msn.com/tenday.aspx?wealocations=wc:ITXX0049

    most other sites just predict heavy cloud with a small chance of rain.

  2. Paige Michael-Shetley said on 11th September 2009, 5:55

    Clearly, a wet weekend plays to the hands of Red Bull. Their car puts more heat into the tires than anyone else’s, which is the key in the wet.

    McLaren should go well if they’ve truly fixed their aero issues. KERS will still be an advantage in the wet, but the drivers would have to apply it differently. Macca seem to do a better job than Brawn, for instance, at getting heat into the tires.

    If it is indeed a wet weekend, look for a team to gamble like Toro Rosso did last year and bring a high-downforce setting on the car. That will make all the difference in the world.

  3. It’s can a big crash! rain is the hate weather!

  4. Friday was extremely hot, and it seemed to cool down during Q2 today, it felt like an eclipse just having that little bit of shade… soon as we left the track it started to rain (roughly 3pmish)
    still not sure on the race day though, the news on tv (from what i can understand) is that it will be slightly cooler, and possible chance of rain and they’re saying between 2-4… so itll either be before or during the race if any rain.

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