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F1’s run of wet weekends to end in Bahrain

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix weatherPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rain has fallen on all three race weekends so far this year, but we can say with some confidence that trend is set to end.

Annual rainfall in Bahrain is around 70mm, and we are not likely to see any of that over the coming days.

F1 has arrived at the beginning of the Bahraini summer, when temperatures are climbing towards their annual peak.

After a sunny start on Friday, Saturday and Sunday look set to be cloudier. But this will make little difference to the temperature, which will remain in the high 20C region.

This is slightly below what we’ve seen in recent years. In 2009 – the last time they raced on the same track configuration at Bahrain – race day air temperatures were in the mid-to-high 30s and track temperature peaked at 51C.

The heat places an obvious demand on the drivers, though this part of the world does not feature the same punishing humidity seen in Malaysia or Singapore.

Cooling will be a priority for the cars, and that could lead teams to make compromises on performance.

Blustery winds can be challenging for the teams here as well. As it changes direction, teams can find themselves hitting the rev limiter at the end of Bahrain’s long straights. Getting the balance right this year will be more challenging as the teams will be using DRS here for the first time.

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