The weather at the Nurburgring is famously unpredictable, prone to bursts of heavy rain at short notice.
F1 is making its biennial appearance at the Nurburgring, where four years ago we saw rain heavy enough to stop the race (but not before one-off race-starter Markus Winkelhock claimed the lead for Spyker).
HRT’s new driver Daniel Ricciardo already has experience of this from earlier this year: he finished second behind Robert Wickens in a thrilling wet/dry Formula Renault 3.5 race at the track last month.
The forecast for the weekend threatens similar bursts of rain to keep drivers and teams on their toes. Within the last hour the paddock was doused with another cloudburst.
Building up a firm prediction for the weekend ahead is tricky. Most forecasts agree there is a chances of showers on all three days – but when they might fall and for how long will be down to the typically capricious local weather system.
Further rain is forecast in the run-up to the start of practice tomorrow. After that, Saturday is expected to clear up slightly, with further rain arriving on Sunday.
Temperatures will fall throughout the weekend, beginning in the mid-teens and dropping. Drivers will also have increasingly strong winds to contend with.
These weather radar links give a picture of the rainfall in the area at present:
Location of the Nurburgring
The N?â??rburgirng is in Germany, just east of another F1 race location – Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which has a similar reputation for an unpredictable local climate:
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2011 German Grand Prix
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- McLaren: Surprise win in Germany for Hamilton
- Red Bull: McLaren and Ferrari ahead in Germany
- Ferrari: Alonso beats Red Bulls despite cool weather
- Mercedes: Three-stopper costs Rosberg a place
- Force India: Sutil helps team overtake Toro Rosso
- Renault: Petrov dissatisfied with strategy
- Sauber: Kobayashi out in Q1 but claims points
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