Wet qualifying possible again at Silverstone

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Formula One may see another rain-affected qualifying session this weekend as more showers are expected at Silverstone over the next two days.

The first noteworthy rain is expected to arrive from the south-west in the early hours of Friday morning and potentially last until around the start of the first practice session. There should be no further rain on Friday, giving the teams a chance to do some more productive work during the second practice session. The sun may even break through later in the day.

Saturday’s conditions look set to be the most challenging so far as a more significant shower will arrive from the same direction and potentially affect both final practice and qualifying. However warm air from the south should keep temperatures reasonably warm and help dry the track out.

On Sunday the temperatures will again push towards 20C but at present it is expected to stay dry for the race.

For more updates on the track conditions during each session keep an eye on F1 Fanatic Live and the F1 Fanatic Twitter account.

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15 comments on “Wet qualifying possible again at Silverstone”

  1. This means potential rain in FP1, which means less data for the teams, which means a more unpredictable weekend. I’m all for that!

  2. More bad news for Rosberg :D

  3. Rain will be welcome especially in the GP.

  4. It wouldn’t be the British Grand Prix without rain at some point! I think 2010 was the last time there was no rain.

    Wet qualifying would be nice. 2014 qualifying was epic in the wet / changeable conditions.

  5. petebaldwin (@)
    7th July 2016, 12:04

    Has Vettel been given a grid penalty yet?

    1. Haha. :)

      1. Sorry, i did not get that.

    2. @petebaldwin There you go, it looks like it post-FP3. Hilarious.

      1. petebaldwin (@)
        9th July 2016, 12:28

        @atticus-2 there we go. haha :)

        1. @petebaldwin We jinxed him, lol. :P

  6. Interestingly, AccuWeather says almost the polar opposite – its hourly forecast says no rain on Saturday but around 60% chance on Sunday. (As well as all the way through Friday.)

    I wonder which one will prove to be accurate.

    1. @atticus-2 being Britain I’d imagine they’re both partly right. That is to say, rain on both days!

      1. Haha, indeed. :)

  7. How long of a drive is it from London to Silverstone?

    1. Approximately 1h 45m, although this will obviously vary depending from where in London, and the traffic on the day.

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