Cooler conditions and potentially a wet qualy

Michelle Foster

Broadcasting rights over two British races unclear.

Undone by cooling issues at a sweltering hot Austrian GP, Mercedes will be happy to note the cooler weather that has been forecast for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The track temperature at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix read 51.5’C as the drivers lined up on the grid.

That hampered Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas third to championship leader Lewis Hamilton’s P5.

After the race, team principal Toto Wolff said the W10 was “unraceable” giving its cooling issues, adding that his wish for Silverstone is a cold and wet weekend.

“I hope for cold weather, the coldest and rainiest you can have at Silverstone but we need to get on top of our problems,” he said.

Not quite the coldest or rainiest but cool conditions and even a spot of rain are forecast for the Silverstone weekend.

Friday’s practices will take place in partly cloudy conditions with a high of 22’C while the rain could arrive on Saturday.

There is a 14 per cent chance of rain during final practice while that rises to 40% for qualifying. The day’s high is 21’C.

As for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, that will take place on a dry track with a high of 21’C.

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