Wet start to Turkish Grand Prix weekend

2011 Turkish GP weather foecast

HRT trucks at a wet Istanbul

HRT trucks at a wet Istanbul

The F1 circus has arrived at a cloudy, cool and damp Istanbul where rain is expected to affect some of this weekend’s F1 sessions.

Friday is very likely to see rain (70-80% chance) but most forecasts agree the chance of precipitation decreases sharply after that.

There are some exceptions – the BBC currently expect “heavy rain” on Sunday.

When F1 first visited Turkey five years ago it did so in the hottest month of the year – August, when maximum temperatures in the Istanbul region are in the high 20s (C).

The race has been moved earlier and earlier and is now scheduled one week after the month which is typically the coolest of the year.

Istanbul is a punishing track for tyres but with temperatures in the low teens on all three days the extreme demands will be lessened.

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17 comments on Wet start to Turkish Grand Prix weekend

  1. Timi said on 5th May 2011, 11:56

    Boy oh boy! A wet race at istanbul would be sweet. Always wondered what it would be like.
    Wets, and intermediates that haven’t been run v much by the teams, the cars in wet downforce setup. If it’s a wet race it’s gonna be very very exciting

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 5th May 2011, 12:05

    Dear racing gods,

    Please bring rain to the Turkish Grand Prix. Perferably early in qualifying and again late in the race.

    Love,

    Jason.

  3. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 5th May 2011, 12:07

    When F1 first visited Turkey five years ago it did so in the hottest month of the year – August, when maximum temperatures in the Istanbul region are in the high 20s (C).

    Wow, that low? I know how weird that sounds but I’ve had many a summer of mid-to-high 30s in the Mediterranean.

    Anyway, I have mixed feelings about the rain. It would be interesting but the races haven’t really needed rain to spice them up. Perhaps wet qualifying and a dry race?

    • James said on 5th May 2011, 12:16

      It varies. Istanbul is close to the Black Sea which is pretty cool. Also depends on the wind direction, at the moment they’re getting cool air from NE Scandanavia (according to @fergieweather on twitter). But if the wind is from the warm and dry south or east, it’ll be scorching. I think typically mid 30s are quite common in Istanbul during summer though.

      • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 5th May 2011, 12:19

        Well I had to check because I didn’t think the figure sounded right and lo and behold, high 20s really are the highest average temperatures. Perhaps a mix of 35° and 24° days alternating, from what you say.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 5th May 2011, 13:07

      I’d save the rain for Barcelona…

  4. sato113 (@sato113) said on 5th May 2011, 12:11

    those BBC forecasts change everyday from heavy rain to sunny!

    right here are some radars-
    EUMETSAT precipitation radar-
    http://oiswww.eumetsat.org/IPPS/html/MSG/PRODUCTS/MPE/EASTERNEUROPE/index.htm

    Turkish meteorological service turkey radar-
    http://www.dmi.gov.tr/en-US/satellite.aspx?uB=tr&uT=e&uG=a

    their 5 day maps- http://www.dmi.gov.tr/en-US/forecast-5days.aspx

    Foreca radar FORECAST-
    http://www.foreca.com/Turkey/Istanbul?map=rain

  5. NDINYO said on 5th May 2011, 12:26

    (rain + high demands on tires + untested pirellis in changeable conditions + unknowm updates from Ferrari,Mercedes,RB,Renault,McLaren) = (Strategic nightmare + a race you fear to watch but wouldn’t want to miss)

    • NDINYO said on 5th May 2011, 12:29

      (rain + high demands on tires + untested pirellis in changeable conditions + unknowm updates from Ferrari,Mercedes,RB,Renault,McLaren)- (Strategic nightmare) = (a race you fear to watch but wouldn’t want to miss)

  6. VXR said on 5th May 2011, 12:34

    Use of rain tyres only in Saturday qualifying means six sets of brand new dry tyres for Sunday. Or if certain of rain on Sunday means greater use of dry tyres in qualifying. Swings and roundabouts.

  7. Ertugrul said on 5th May 2011, 14:10

    Hi from Istanbul.

    We had a really heavy rain yesterday, I wonder what will happen if it rains on Saturday or Sunday as heavy as that. Istanbul is a very large city so weather forecasts are not always true for all parts of the city. Furthermore we have much cooler temperatures in Istanbul compared to previous years.
    Here is the weather forecast for the Istanbul Park circuit, provided by the Turkish State Meteorological Service

    http://www.dmi.gov.tr/tahmin/f1.aspx

    Hope to see great racing

  8. Fallon said on 5th May 2011, 15:09

    Please let the rain which never properly appeared last year arrive late in the race this time. Seeing them go through turn 8 in the wet, that would be amazing.

  9. macahan said on 5th May 2011, 16:11

    Istanbul is a punishing track for tyres but with temperatures in the low teens on all three days the extreme demands will be lessened.

    Wasn’t it the low temperatures during Barca testing that was the blame for the extreme high tirewear?

    The predictions was going to Oz with higher temps then Barca that the tires would last lot longer? This statement here low temps would lessen the extreme demands?

  10. Expect a dry race then :P

  11. Electrolite said on 6th May 2011, 1:15

    I couldn’t think of much more epic things than a possible last ever Turkish Grand Prix – chucking it down with rain. With perhaps a Renault or Mercedes winner.

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