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Storms forecast for Monaco Grand Prix 30 May 2003

Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota TF103.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 29 May 2003

It is currently 23 degrees Celsius here in Monte Carlo, on the rest day between practice and qualifying sessions. Humidity is 73 percent, visibility unlimited and a 10 km/h easterly wind is providing some much-needed breeze.

It did rain here yesterday afternoon, in time for the Renault Super V6 and Porsche Supercup practice sessions, and some more showers are expected later today.

Saturday will mainly be sunny with a low chance of rain, but the important news is that thunderstorms are now forecast for Sunday afternoon, right in time for the race which begins at 2pm local time.

The last wet race here was in 1997 when Michael Schumacher won after the Williams duo of Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen both spun off in the slippery conditions.

Perhaps more memorable was the 1984 event, when Ayrton Senna was catching Alain Prost until the race was stopped due to the torrential rain. And in 1996 Olivier Panis scored an unexpected triumph for Ligier after a downpour played a part in a race which only four cars completed.