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F1 in the snow

Post by theracer120 » 3 months ago

https://themotorsportarchive.com/2010/1 ... -it-snows/

With John posting that photo of Surtees racing F2 in the snow at the Nurburgring I was inspired to look and up see whether there was ever an F1 race held in the snow, and it turns out there was one non-championship race at Silverstone back in April 1973 where there was a sudden flurry mid-way through the race. Being that it was the 1970s, the race wasn't stopped and only one car actually crashed out during the storm.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 3 months ago

Yes indeed, when men were men. Now they run for the SC when it rains.

I have seen pics of the snow event with Ronnie spinning IIRC. Actually both Ronnie and Stewart both spun and continued to dinish 1-2. I think I have posted them actually.

OK found the post with the pics. Also a thought in the post that it snowed at the end of a Canadian GP in the post. Pic of Gilles on the podium in an overcoat with what looks like snow on it.

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Post by PTRACER » 3 months ago

So what is the coldest GP held in recent times? I know they typically avoid cold places, but there must be some exceptions.
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Post by JBT » 3 months ago

Without hard data to back myself up, maybe the 2000 British GP when it was held in April? Silverstone is bloody cold in April when it is dry, I imagine that day it was blue balls territory...
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Post by Cheeveer » 3 months ago

It was about 10c when I was at Spa in 2010, plus quite windy. That sucked. Good race though. Spa and Nürburgring can be quite brutal weather wise. Montreal must have been quite cold at times too.
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Post by kals » 3 months ago

JBT wrote:
3 months ago
Without hard data to back myself up, maybe the 2000 British GP when it was held in April? Silverstone is bloody cold in April when it is dry, I imagine that day it was blue balls territory...
Weirdly, while I remember the rain vividly and the impact it had on my customers attending that race, I don't remember the temperature.

According to the wiki page, it was 10C - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_British_Grand_Prix

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