Rain to hit Saturday running in Brazil

Brazilian Grand Prix weatherPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2009

F1 looks set to get more rain in Brazil this weekend, though at this stage it is not clear whether it will interfere with qualifying over the race.

The radar-watchers on Twitter report rain will hit the circuit on Friday evening, which could linger long enough to interfere with final practice on Saturday and possibly qualifying too. You can see the radar here.

The Brazilian Meterological Institute expects particularly heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on Friday.

Air temperatures should remain reasonably high, ranging from the high teens to the high 20s (Celsius), though becoming slightly cooler as the weekend progresses.

The weather has played a crucial role in recent Brazilian Grands Prix. Last year’s qualifying session was delayed due to a downpour, and rain showers shaped the epic championship deciding race there in 2008.

There was no rain in 2007 but very hot weather led to a post-race dispute over fuel temperatures.

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37 comments on “Rain to hit Saturday running in Brazil”

  1. Good news for McLaren?

    1. Well they didn’t look very good in the rain in Korea.

      1. And they got eliminated in Q1 last year when quali was wet.

        1. McLarenFanJamm
          4th November 2010, 12:29

          McLaren didn’t change their set up during Red Flag conditions in Korea unlike other teams. Lewis struggled with the restarts but after a few laps he got up to the pace of Alonso and Vettel before his tyres went away

      2. May be good for Mercedes then.

    2. If they actually put the right set-up on this time, it will be.

  2. Climatempo Institute reports rain all day on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon:

    Sounds it’ll be a chaotic weekend. ;)

      1. Thanks, have added it.

  3. that’s sad… ‘Nando is very strong in the rain :(

    1. I think all the top drivers are equally good in the wet.

      1. I think Lewis and Alonso have a little advantage over the rest.

        All are good, but…

  4. Looking good for a Button or Alonso win.

  5. rain = great opportunity for points by the new teams. i hope someone score. Timo have the best opportunity at korea before bad luck stuck.

  6. We may have another Japan where the qualifying may take place on Sunday if we have a huge rain on Saturday.Rain will bring difficult & different condition which may help some to win & some to loose the WC.

  7. Woah, the track surrounded by thousands of houses. Did not know that. The tv is very deceiving

    1. i wouldn’t call that houses ;)

  8. Great news for Webber! The Red Bull should be fast enough and he is definately the better wet driver of the red bulls.

    Also good for alonso as it should stop the red bulls from doing a 1-2 formation flying.

    1. – As he proved in Korea… *cough*

      1. LOL. Webber the best of the drivers in the rain??? What sport does he watch.

    2. What, with his tally of 0 wet weather victories?

      1. You mean he’s very good at taking opponents in wet?

    3. The Red Bull should be fast enough and he is definately the better wet driver of the red bulls.

      Use your eyes.

  9. Fernando is good in what!!!!! Alonso is useless in the wet. He was happy with winning in Korea coz thats his first wet victory. Rain will definately balance the cars out and hopefully see a strong finish for Lewis and hopefully a crash for the others. Massa should be very strong here as this is his home lap, lets hope Alonso isn’t close by to be handed another victory

    1. Korea wasn’t his first victory in the wet…. well maybe his first victory in the wet THIS year. We all saw how strong Lewis was in the wet two weeks ago as well.

    2. Alonso is useless in the wet.

      Well, if overtaking 12 rivals in a single lap in an “impossible to overtake” circuit amounts to being useless in the rain I agree with you.

      ..Korea coz thats his first wet victory

      Nurburgring ’07 anyone?

  10. As long as Alonso crashes in quali Ill be happy

    1. And I will too, especially if he gets the race win from 24P.

    2. now i want alonso to do well

  11. I’m really getting bored of rain-affected weekends after the last two. In Japan the rain just delayed everything, it didn’t lead to mixed-up grids and the race was dry. In Korea qualifying was dry and the race, when it finally got under way, was in conditions everyone had planned for (except McLaren, seemingly).

    I won’t mind if it’s raining all the time, in qualifying only like last year, or starts raining in the middle of the race, but the novelty’s wearing off fast.

  12. If they just start the race everything is fine behind safety car is no racing. But it almost looks like last year qualifier wet race dry.

    Maybe Sutil brings his brakes this time )

  13. So, again 2 1/2 hours qualifying and a Barrichello pole? I for my part would not complain about that.

  14. Wet race is good; Monsoon rain is bad, as the track drainage is not very good. We don’t need another 25 laps run under the safety car or stopped with long delays into sunset, we need RACING!

    1. Not monsoon rain. Seems like a remnant low from a cold front – impredictable, weak to moderate rain.

  15. We could see 2 or 3 championship contenders carried off at the infamous turn 3 river. Won’t that be a treat. This is exactly what we need for the title to go to the last lap at Abu Dhabi.

  16. Let the show begin! :)

  17. Wet weather may aid Red Bull to an extent, and should be an advantage for Ferrari but the fate of all competitors will rest on whether Mr. Sutil thinks he’s on the dodgems again this week-end.

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