Sunday weather update - hottest race ever? 03 Apr 2005
The 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix is going to be another very grueling event for the Formula One drivers and their cars.
With an anticipated ambient temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, meaning a track temperature closer to 52, everything will be stressed. Williams racer Nick Heidfeld said yesterday that he had never known conditions as hot as drivers encountered in qualifying.
Naturally the tyres will take a beating, and it is not yet apparent whether Bridgestone have fully overcome their problems from Malaysia so that they can race on equal terms with Michelin, but the auguries thus far have been favourable.
The engines will also have a hard time as the less dense air here has less cooling potential, so once again we have a race that is potentially wide open.