Saturday weather - rain still a race risk 11 Sep 2004
Welcome back to Monza and the 15th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Italian Grand Prix.
Opinions remain divided over the likely raceday weather. After yesterdays ambient high of 28 degrees Celsius, similar temperatures are predicted today but some sources still forecast rain on Sunday. If that is the case, FIA president Max Mosley said that it would be up to the team principals and the race stewards to decide at the appropriate time just what changes may be made to cars that will be set up for minimal drag for this afternoons all-important qualifying session.
With straight-line speeds of 360 kph/224 mph it would clearly not be prudent to let them race with low downforce settings that would exacerbate problems with aquaplaning should any rain be heavy enough. It is, Mosley said, one of those situations where they would all have to use their commonsense if and when the issue actually arises.