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#1 D.M.N.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 11:52

Provisional forecasts are suggesting chance of rain (again!) for Spain this weekend, which would be for the 4th race in a row! :eek:

Bahrain - n/a
Australia - race
Malaysia - qualifying
China - race
Spain - predicted rain

Any idea when the last time we had 3 races interrupted by rain, let alone 4 races?!

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#2 Gabrci

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 11:59

Wasn't it 1995 when most of the race weekends were influenced by rain at some stage?

#3 Lights

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:03

Well, I can remember more than 4 consecutive races where rain was predicted... it just never fell.



#4 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:09

It is a dastardly plot by the team owners so as they do not have to use the control slicks!!

#5 scheivlak

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 13:32

In 1968 it rained during Saturday practice/qualification at Spa, then there were pretty wet races at Zandvoort and Rouen, there was some light rain at the start of the British GP followed by the famous wet and misty race at the 'Ring. Which makes five in a row.

#6 Allan Lupton

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 08:14

Since it is only in rain that modern effone racing even begins to be worth watching, perhaps Tilkedromes, particularly in dry climate regions, should be fitted with sprinkler systems.;)

Edited by Allan Lupton, 04 May 2010 - 08:15.


#7 Rob

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:21

Wasn't it 1995 when most of the race weekends were influenced by rain at some stage?


Don't think so. As far as I can remember it was only San Marino, France, Belgium, Europe and Japan that had rain.


#8 Lights

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:26

Apparently in 1993 there were 3 rain affected races (not weekends) in a row.

Source.


#9 Tony Matthews

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:28

Since it is only in rain that modern effone racing even begins to be worth watching, perhaps Tilkedromes, particularly in dry climate regions, should be fitted with sprinkler systems.;)

I believe that was suggested by Bernie some years ago.

#10 D-Type

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 14:38

Conversely, have we ever had a season where every race was rain-free? I have a vague memory that it did happen once

#11 Lights

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 14:45

Conversely, have we ever had a season where every race was rain-free? I have a vague memory that it did happen once

Have fun! It should be reasonably accurate.

#12 dank

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 17:54

Have fun! It should be reasonably accurate.


So, 1987 then?

Time to blame climate change!

#13 Risil

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 18:10

Conversely, have we ever had a season where every race was rain-free? I have a vague memory that it did happen once


Off the top of my head, 1986. Indycar went from the 1994 season opener through to the halfway point of the 1996 season without any wet racing (though there was at least one oval stoppage for rain, IIRC during one of the Penske 1-2-3s at Milwaukee).

The opening five rounds of the 2009 MotoGP championship saw the first race postponed for rain, the second had rain force the cancellation of qualifying, and then races four and five at Le Mans and Mugello were run in the wet.

On a slightly different note, are there any circuits that never seem to get any rain? I can't think of a single wet race at Jerez or Jarama; or Laguna Seca. There was an extremely wet qualifying session at Long Beach one year in Indycar (1997?), but I can't recall racing there in anything approaching inclement weather. Some people get all the luck...

#14 E.B.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 19:30

I can't think of a single wet race at Jerez or Jarama


I think Lauda's first GP win was at a pretty wet Jarama.


#15 maxim64

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 22:54

Have fun! It should be reasonably accurate.

Not very accurate ....Weren't Austrian 1978 and South African GP 1979 stopped after heavy rain?