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Sunday weather update - rain hits Bahrain 04 Apr 2004

Giorgio Pantano (ITA) Jordan Ford EJ14 enters the pits.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 3 April 2004 (L to R): Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal and Adrian Newey (GBR) McLaren Technical Director arrive in the paddock.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 4 April 2004 (L to R): Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota talks with Ange Pasquali (FRA) Toyota Team Manager.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 4 April 2004 (L to R): Frank Dernie (GBR) Head of Williams Special Projects talks with Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 4 April 2004

Well, the weather had a little surprise in store today as rain greeted the 04/04/04 raceday for the inaugural Grand Prix of Bahrain on the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

The previous days – and wise locals - had suggested that the race would almost certainly take place in the same hot and dusty conditions that had been a feature of practice and qualifying.

Right now, however, the track temperature is 25 degrees Celsius, the ambient 26. It will get hotter as the day goes on and the belief is that the rain will not amount to much, but don’t expect the 54 degree track temperatures that we have seen. The mid 40s are the likely maximum, possibly lower than that.

The drop in temperature is thought to be the reason why Williams and BAR lost relative pace to Ferrari yesterday, so today’s turn of events could favour the red cars and their Bridgestone tyres, especially as with all the cars in overnight parc ferme there is no way for the teams to make adaptive adjustments to them to compensate.