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Sunday weather update - will it rain for the race? 25 May 2008

Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR2.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 26 May 2007

Welcome to race day at the Monaco Grand Prix, round six of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, where the question is: will it rain for the race?

It has already been raining this morning, and the forecast suggests that there is a high likelihood of more rain this afternoon, with the temperature dropping to an ambient high of 13 degrees Celsius. Precipitation could materially affect the result.

The Formula One field has yet to experience a wet race in 2008. Furthermore, should rain fall during Sunday’s event, it will be the first Grand Prix run in such conditions since the abolition of traction control at the start of this season, a factor that could have a major impact on the result, given the already miniscule margin for error around the Monaco streets.

The race runs over 78 laps or 260.520 kilometres (161.887 miles) and will start at 1400 hours local time, which is 1200 hrs GMT.