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Rain threatens to deliver dramatic weekend at British Grand Prix

Rain is forecast at Silverstone over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend but when it is expected to fall and could it have a big impact on the race result?

Formula 1 heads to Silverstone this weekend as one of the sport's most lovely venues prepares to play host to the latest edition of the British Grand Prix. It was the venue of F1's first-ever race back in 1950, 72 years ago, and the high-speed circuit remains just as popular today. It has delivered some fine races in the past with home hero Lewis Hamilton targeting a ninth win at the venue, something no driver has done before. But could rain play a part in decide who stands on the top step on Sunday?

Friday showers at Silverstone

According to our weather provider, WeerOnline , Friday will be a showery day at Silverstone with rain across Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. As the afternoon progresses, the chance of showers decreases with the sun finding gaps to shine between clouds to heat the air temperatures to highs of 20 degrees Celsius. FP1 is expected to be damp with FP2 to be staged on a drying track, depending on when the showers end.

Rain to have a say on Saturday

Saturday at the Canadian Grand Prix saw rain play its part in deciding the grid order and the same could happen at Silverstone. The weather forecast for Saturday remains uncertain. There is rain expected north and east of the circuit while forecasts south of the venue show that it will remain dry. Showers are likely with a storm possible just as the cars take to the track for qualifying.

Will the skies clear in time for race day?

The answer looks set to be no - but that does not mean we will see rain during the British Grand Prix. Sunday is expected to be a cloudy day with moderate wind and rain is possible, but for now, is unlikely. The temperatures are expected to climb no higher than 20 degrees Celsius.

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