Last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix took over three hours to complete as heavy rain caused multiple stoppages. This came after two days of dry running.
We could be in for the opposite this year, as rain and thunderstorms are expected during practice and qualifying but race day is likely to be dry.
Sao Paolo’s weather tends to be volatile and that is likely to be borne out over the next 48 hours. Light rain is expected to begin around noon on Friday, just as first practice is about to start, bringing thunderstorms and intensifying rain throughout the rest of the day. This is currently expected to last well into Saturday and may still be falling when qualifying begins at 2pm local time.
The new steps taken to improve drainage at the track in wet conditions could prove well-timed. The surface has been grooved at several points in turns two, three, 12, 13, 14 and 15 where water collected during last year’s rain-hit race.
Saturday will also be considerably cooler than Friday. Air temperatures are expected to peak at 27C on Friday but will only break into the 20s on qualifying day.
Conditions on Sunday will be very different: Sunshine, cloudless skies and air temperatures of 27C again. That could leave significant question marks over their race tyre performance.
Location of Interlagos
See the location of every race on the 2017 F1 calendar here:
2017 Brazilian Grand Prix
- “Unacceptable” Brazil attacks will be addressed for 2018
- 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Top ten pictures from the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix
- Vettel’s Singapore crash is why his title hopes are over
- 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix Star Performers