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Sunday weather report - Austria 18 May 2003

Crowd watch the warm up session.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Austrian Grand Prix, A1-Ring, Austria, 17 May 2003

Will it rain for the Austrian Grand Prix, or won't it? At this moment, it seems not. In Spielberg the skies are cloudy, but the ambient temperature is 18 degrees Celsius with an expected high of 22. Visibility is unlimited and humidity 64 percent, and the wind is a gentle north-westerly. It is much the same as yesterday, in fact, and yesterday was dry throughout.

However, there was a little bit of rain in places last night and the chances of showers are still listed as 50 percent, so it's a case of wait and see.

If it does rain it certainly won't be an Interlagos-style deluge, but it could make the race even more entertaining than seems likely, given the grid formation. Since the A1-Ring has a notoriously smooth and slick surface, drivers are likely to be reluctant to switch to wet tyres if there is just a shower and we might see some virtuoso demonstrations with the brave staying on grooved rubber on a slippery track.