Jenson Button has been managing expectations for fans who will pack the grandstands at Silverstone, as he believes that heavy rains on Friday will restrict track action.
Torrential rains are forecast for central England, with risks of flooding.
As Silverstone bosses revealed that they have extensive contingency plans in place to deal with the threat of car parks turning into mud holes with heavy rain forecast for Friday, Button says that the drivers will not do many laps in practice
“As far as I can see it’s going to rain all weekend. The problem is we are restricted in tyres we are allocated so I don’t think you are going to see much running if it rains as forecast tomorrow,” said Button on Thursday.
“Which is disappointing as we will have a lot of fans here and they are braving it in the rain. We’re not able to put on much of a show. But we’ll do as much as we can without hurting our race weekend.”
The forecast for Friday is terrible, while Saturday should be better, but a rainy Sunday is in prospect.
FIA sporting regulations say ” no driver may use more than four sets of intermediate tyres and three sets of wet‐weather tyres.” during a race weekend, unless FP1 and FP2 are declared wet, in which case an additional set of intermediates is made available, but these must be returned before the start of FP3 on Saturday morning.
Button’s point is that if we are faced with four hours of wet practice followed by a wet qualifying and a wet race, teams will have to be careful to leave enough new sets of tyres for the sessions which count, namely qualifying and the race.
And that will mean very limited running in practice.