Formula One has never needed to use wet weather tyres at any of the 11 previous Bahrain Grand Prix. But if the cars were running today they would probably need them.
On average Bahrain sees less than ten days of rain per year. But it is forecast to experience one of its infrequent cloudbursts on the last day before track action begins tomorrow.
After that the weather will quickly revert to type. Friday is expected to be overcast which will take the edge off the typical high temperatures, seeing a peak of around 22C. More significantly, the cloudy conditions should stop the track temperatures from reaching their usual peaks.
Saturday and Sunday will be sunny and race day could see temperatures pass the 25C mark. This will still be around 6C shy of last year’s highest temperature when the race was held later in the year.
As has been the case since 2014 the race, qualifying and final practice will begin after sundown. Teams will therefore face the additional challenge of falling track temperatures.
Location of Bahrain International Circuit
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2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Haas mechanic credited for saving Grosjean’s race
- Grosjean takes back-to-back Driver of the Weekend wins
- Another decent race despite qualifying gloom
- 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript
- 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix Predictions Championship results