As build up for the 2nd round of the 2016 Formula One World Championship continues, team and journalist social media channels were awash this morning with comments on the spectacle of rain in the dessert.
Whilst forecasts suggest the rain will more than likely have passed before cars hit the track on first practice on Friday, heavy rain storms in the build up to the race weekend have played havoc with teams preparation and set up. The impact of rain on the circuit is likely to be felt during free practice as early running from teams will involve reduced emphasis on clearing sand and debris from the track. This should prompt increased running from teams through Friday and may lead to faster lap times over the race weekend.
Current forecasts suggest a 20% chance of rain on Sunday.