F1 Italian GP : Risk of Thunderstorms for Race Day
Here is a quick look at the weather forecast for the Italian Grand Prix. Previously, rain was being forecast for Sunday, while Friday and Saturday appeared to be sunny and hot. Changing conditions now shows the possibility of Thunderstorms for Sunday. The risk is minimal however at 35%. It is important to note however that there are showers expected Wednesday and Thursday which means the circuit could be rather green and low on grip. Similar to most circuits at the beginning of a Grand Prix weekend, the track surface will be continually evolving.
Should it actually rain on Sunday, it could seriously impact the race and even the playing field. It is expected that Ferrari and Mercedes may have a slight advantage on this low downforce circuit where 75% of each lap is at full throttle. Force India may also fair well in the dry. In the wet however, advantages are minimized and the risk of a safety car is always immanent. Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel wouldn’t mind the rain either. As you might remember, the young German won his first Formula One race in a Toro Rosso at a soaked Italian GP in 2008. It was the team’s first and only F1 victory and with the win, Vettel became the youngest driver to win a GP at the age of 21.