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Weekend weather - expect the unexpected 26 Aug 2004

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren MP4/17 failed to finish.
Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 1 September 2002 Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Jordan Honda EJ12 fends off the attentions of Jacques Villeneuve (CAN) BAR Honda 004 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Sauber Petronas C21 at Les Combes.
Belgian Grand Prix, Rd14, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 1 September 2002 David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-17 finished fourth.
Belgian Grand Prix, Rd14, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 1 September 2002 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2002 leads Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2002, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-17 and Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) BMW Williams FW24  up towards Les Combes.
Belgian Grand Prix, Rd14, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 1 September 2002

Welcome to the wooded countryside of the Hautes-Fagnes region, where the 14th round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, the Belgian Grand Prix, is being held at the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the longest track on the calendar.

If you are actually going to the race, take plenty of wet-weather gear. It’s been raining gently here all week, and today there will be light rain again with an ambient temperature high of 18 degrees Celsius.

It will be much the same story tomorrow, with showers in the afternoon, and on Saturday it will be slightly warmer but there will almost certainly be more light rain. All of this will make things very interesting since the tyre manufacturers, Bridgestone and Michelin, have barely had to use their wet products so far this season.

Raceday, interestingly, should be dry, with a scheduled high of 21 degrees. But the one thing you learn in this region is not to trust forecasts too much as the weather conditions are notoriously fickle.