Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012

Rain threatening Brazilian Grand Prix weekend

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix weather

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012F1 weather watchers can always look forward to some of the most interesting and unpredictable conditions of the season at the Brazilian Grand Prix. It looks like this year will not disappoint.

Aside from the opening laps of the Malaysian Grand Prix all the race action this year has taken place on dry-weather tyres and the wets haven’t been used in a race all year long. That may change on Sunday.

Hot temperatures will greet teams at the track for the pre-weekend activities today. But after basking in 30C-plus warmth on Thursday the mercury will fall by around ten degrees on Friday and remain around that level.

Thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon will herald a change to cloudier conditions and occasional showers lasting throughout the rest of the race weekend. Saturday will be the coolest of the three days, with temperatures potentially not making it past 20C.

As always the forecast for the region around the track is prone to changing at short notice. There will be regular updates on the track conditions during each session on F1 Fanatic Live and the F1 Fanatic Twitter account.

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37 comments on “Rain threatening Brazilian Grand Prix weekend”

  1. Good. Malaysia was quite a good race despite all post-race attention for Multi-21. It equals the playing field a bit and I believe Interlagos could become the best race of the season.

      1. Rain may add to Vettel’s advantages, but it surely increases variability as well. And I think he had enough consistency in the dry, that the increased variation (even with a better expected result) makes him worse off.

        Was it Di Resta last year who took out an unsuspecting Hamilton? You can’t plan for that sort of driving.

        1. Hulkenberg – Backmarkers got in the way, Hulk was trying to pass, lost the back end and started to spin, whacked Hamilton.

          Shame really, as either could have won.

      1. @Jerseyf1 Considering the Marussias and Caterhams folly seems to be in the aero department (based on watching them have exactly the same speed in the straights and I can’t imagine them not having decent steering), I would consider a fully wet race the prime time for exactly this.

        1. I’m living in a different world today…

          They can run the same speed alongside even Red Bull but in the corner they don’t have the downforce. In the rain this issue will be lessened considerably.

  2. Interlagos is such a good track, and the completely unpredictable weather that it can produce can make absolute classics like 2008 and 2012. Autosport reported Abu Dhabi could be 2014’s season finale, which would be disappointing, as Interlagos holds the perfect season finale for me.

    And say it doesn’t rain, will it be the first time in F1 history that a season hasn’t seen the wet tyres used?

  3. Could be totally wrong, but won’t the lack of grip created by rain in theory magnify the Red Bull’s downforce advantage?

    Unless the inability to floor it for the exhaust-blowing negates some of that.

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