Romain Grosjean will be happy if this week’s weather forecast for Melbourne proves right. Although Wednesday will be warm and sunny in the Victorian capital, the clouds will begin to gather on Thursday, when the F1 circus congregates in the nearby Albert Park paddock for media and scrutineering activities.
Then, when practice signals the official start of the 2012 season on Friday afternoon, rain and isolated thunderstorms are predicted. And isolated showers are forecast for the qualifying and race days.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has not tested his new E20 mount on a wet track, and the last time he saw rain from the cockpit of any F1 car was in Brazil 2009.
“It feels like a long time ago!” the Frenchman confirmed. “I’m ready if the track is more slippery, and I’ll try to make the best of it. I like racing in the wet, so maybe it will be a bit of an advantage for me.”
Sunday will be his eighth career grand prix, following 7 races with the Enstone based team – then known as Renault – in 2009.