Lewis Hamilton says that the prospect of rain at the Monaco Grand Prix will make the race "even more nerve-wracking", with some forecasts predicting mid-race showers.
Mercedes head into the the eagerly-anticipated weekend confident that they have made a big step forward with their struggling W13 car.
After five races spent battling with porpoising and coming away with often disappointing results, George Russell was able to fight closer to the front during the Spanish Grand Prix, while Hamilton staged a comeback drive from last place to fifth following a first-lap incident.
Rain possible during Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco will offer up a unique challenge for teams and drivers as F1 waits to see how the sport's newest cars will adapt to the historic event.
The 2022 generation of machines follow each other more closely than in previous years, but are bigger, heavier and less nimble in slow-speed corners, which could be far from ideal for Monte Carlo's narrow streets.
And, according to WeerOnline.nl, there is a 15% chance that rain will fall at some stage during the Grand Prix, with clouds forecast to grow darker once the racing action has begun.
Hamilton: Monaco is a lottery in the wet
Hamilton has described Monaco in the rain as a "lottery" that offers drivers the chance to score an unexpected result.
However, he acknowledges that it also piles on the pressure as they tip-toe their way to the chequered flag.
"The approach to a race always changes when it's raining," Hamilton said in a Monaco preview video from Mercedes.
"It's more of a lottery but there is also a lot more opportunity. The potential for failure is even greater. That makes it even more nerve-wracking!"
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Saturday will be "everything" at Monaco, says Hamilton
While rain could spice up Sunday's action, there is no rain forecast for what Hamilton believes could be the weekend's most important day: Saturday.
The seven-time World Champion thinks that qualifying is paramount for success at Monaco, especially this season.
"Our cars are bigger than ever before, wider than ever before, and the track is the same width that it has been forever. And we're faster than ever," continued Hamilton.
"The percentage chance of overtaking is minuscule; the percentage chances of crashing are massive. Qualifying position is everything."
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