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Sunday weather - rain arrives at Monza 12 Sep 2004

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren during the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, 12 September 2004 Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Sauber during the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, 12 September 2004 Wet Vodafone grid girls.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, 12 September 2004 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari during the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Race Day, Monza, Italy, 12 September 2004

Welcome to raceday at Monza and the 15th round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, the Italian Grand Prix.

Forget what the local weather sages say, because it has been raining hard here since 0830 this morning, and there is little indication that it will improve to the once-forecast 21 degrees Celsius ambient temperature predicted at the beginning of the week.

There hasn’t been a wet race here since the 1981 race was affected at times by precipitation, and certainly there will be a lot of careful thinking by the teams and stewards to decide just what set-up changes will be allowed if it is still this wet this afternoon. There is no real sign that the weather will get a lot better, but right now it is a case of wait and see.