The first qualifying session of the 2018 F1 season is likely to be affected by ran and the championship-opening race could be wet too. However the weekend will begin with a dry day of running tomorrow.
Despite cloud cover throughout the day, air temperatures of up to 30C should give drivers excellent conditions for the first two practice sessions. But the picture will change overnight on Friday when a cold front arrives.
Maximum temperature will fall to no more than 24C and there is a very strong chance of rain in the late afternoon and into the evening. Qualifying begins at 5pm local time.
Similar weather conditions are expected on Sunday, though the threat of rain during the race is not quite as high as it is for qualifying.
Fernando Alonso said McLaren has taken note of the weather forecast but is unsure whether rain will play to their strengths.
“We don’t know if we will be more or less competitive in wet conditions,” he said. “It’s true that there are some rain around, the forecast is for Saturday and Sunday, so we have to think about this in terms of approaching the weekend. If it rains, definitely it’s a gamble and a bit of an unknown situation.”
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