F1 community braced for Sunday scorcher
23 June 2012 – Although rain is not a threat for the European Grand Prix, the varying temperatures of Valencia are expected to throw a number of variables into the mix. On Thursday, thermometers read ambient figures of a staggering 37°C (99°F) and the Formula 1 field is bracing itself for a similar situation on race day, which could shake up the order.
Sebastian Vettel, who topped the Practice 2 timesheets to lead a Friday session for the first time in 2012, is also forecasting weather-related dramas.
“The conditions will change again for Sunday I think, which will make a difference,” the World Champion comments. “It’s close between the teams and it’s not yet clear what the right strategy is for Sunday. Hopefully we can make a step forward.”
Vettel has sealed pole position and victory at the last two F1 events in Valencia.