For the third race in swift succession this year, rain looks likely to have a say in the outcome of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos – the penultimate outing on the F1 2010 World Championship calendar, and one that could play a vital role in the destiny of the title laurels.
With qualifying having been delayed by a whole day ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka last month, and the inaugural Korean Grand Prix getting underway more than an hour behind schedule due to a persistent torrential downpour, now, it seems, São Paulo could likewise find itself afflicted by the capricious nature of the elements.
Rain curtailed a golf tournament involving Williams F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello at the weekend, with similar weather obstructing teams' efforts to set up in the paddock on Monday as a storm struck. The forecast for the weekend is for possible showers on Friday and Saturday for practice and qualifying, although the likelihood of them continuing into race day then recedes.
Qualifying for the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix was heavily delayed by adverse weather, with the session taking almost three hours to complete in all, and local hero Barrichello has conceded that at Interlagos, 'there's always a chance of rain'.