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Friday weather update - sunshine and showers 27 Aug 2004

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault R202 attacks the Bus Stop chicane.
Belgian Grand Prix, Rd14, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 1 September 2002

Welcome to Spa-Francorchamps, home of the Belgian Grand Prix, the 14th round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship.

True to the forecast, yesterday featured intermittent showers interspersed with spells of sunshine, and in Spa’s unique micro climate that’s exactly what the Hautes Fagnes region will experience again today and tomorrow. This will make setting the cars up even more difficult, and driving them even more of a challenge.

Temperature highs of 18 degrees Celsius are expected both today and tomorrow, and the trick will be to be out on the track when conditions are at their most favourable. Under the current qualifying system, of course, that will be something of a lottery, so the weather could well influence the grid to a significant extent.

Since yesterday the forecast for the race has also been modified. Locals insist that it will rain then too, which could create the first wet Grand Prix since Brazil last year.