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Predicting the Weather for a Grand Prix: How Formula 1 Teams Plan for Rain

While nothing is absolutely certain in the complex world of Formula One racing—not least which driver is going where for the 2014 season—some things in the sport never change. Near the top of this list has to be the fact that there is always a likelihood of rain over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit, set in the Ardennes Forest, has its own unique micro climate at this time of the year, meaning it can be raining on one part of the long 4.352 mile circuit and dry on another part. On the Friday and Saturday of this year’s event, there were occasions when sectors one and three were wet and sector two relatively dry. It makes the job of F1 team strategists an extremely taxing one because they have t...

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