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Regular rain to add extra challenge to Canadian GP weekend · RaceFans

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal is Canada's Formula 1 track

Teams will likely have to face the prospect of running in the wet at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during at least one of the five F1 sessions this weekend.

Consistent rain showers are expected across the entire weekend in Montreal, which will likely add to the challenge of a typically testing event.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected on the day before practice begins. The newly-resurfaced track is therefore likely to be extremely ‘green’ when cars hit the track for the first time on Friday.

The risk of rain will continue into Friday, with a 40% chance affecting either the opening practice session. For the afternoon’s second practice, thunderstorms could have a major impact on running, with wind speeds picking up to 20kph.

Saturday’s qualifying day is likely to be the coldest of the three days of running with a high of just 18C expected. Third practice in the morning is more likely to be wet than not, but while the chance of rain reduces slightly in the afternoon, there is still a decent threat that qualifying will be affected by rain for the second year in a row at this track.

For Sunday’s grand prix, the chance that Canada could produce the first wet race of the season cannot be ignored. However, this is looking less likely than the previous two days of track action, with the risk of rain sitting at around 30%.

The last time a conventional race weekend was affected by rain, back in Suzuka, many fans were deprived of running as many teams opted to keep their cars in the garage and not run at all. In response, Pirelli have approached the FIA about revisiting a new rule change for 2024 that allows teams to hold onto an extra set of intermediate tyres after Fridays for the remainder of the weekend.

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