Shortly before the initial Friday practice session in warm and humid Abu Dhabi, it rained quite heavily.
To the surprise of many in the paddock, within sight of the huge and sandy Abu Dhabi desert, spray was streaming from the rear of the cars during the Porsche support race at Yas Marina.
“Is it my sleepy eyes or is it raining?” quipped Karun Chandhok on Twitter.
The shower, which began with light rain, eventually passed but the track is likely to still be damp for the beginning of the 90-minute practice session at 1pm local.
Local reports say more scattered showers are possible over the next 48 hours, and the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology confirmed the cloudy forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
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