Formula 1 is set for a dramatic weekend of hot weather and thunderstorms at the Hockenheimring.
That is not the kind of temperatures Mercedes, who struggled in the heat (and humidity) at Austria, are hoping to encounter. Asked after the British Grand Prix whether they had a solution for the cooling problems which dogged it at the Red Bull Ring, team principal Toto Wolff said: “The fix is to hope that it’s not 32 degrees.”
“We haven’t got the right answers yet,” he continued. “We know what we can do and what is possible with the current architecture of the car. But you can’t redesign it in a way that would give us great comfort.”
However the heat should cease to be a problem after Friday. Saturday will bring a risk of thunderstorms and a growing chance of rain from around noon. This will bring respite from the scorching weather.
By Sunday the air temperature will be no higher than the mid-twenties. The prospect of rain during race day is also considerably higher, and thunderstorms are a possibility throughout the day.
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