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Silverstone cold and drizzly on Thursday morning

As if right on cue for the beginning of the often weather-affected event, drizzle and cold air has greeted the formula one world at Silverstone early on Thursday morning.

Before the press meets the drivers, the skies above the British grand prix venue are dim and cloudy, even though a day of rain is not forecast.

Indeed, the outlook for the three days of track action beginning on Friday looks better, with temperatures expected to be in the mid 20s.

“Sunshine or rain; either is good for me,” smiled Rubens Barrichello, who on Wednesday took part in BBC motoring show Top Gear’s popular ‘Star in A Reasonably Priced Car’ segment.

The programme will air on Sunday evening.