APRIL 6, 2003

Brazil start could be delayed

Heavy rain could delay the start of the Brazilian GP this afternoon. Procedures exist which allow the start of the race to be delayed every 10 minutes until conditions are good enough to start the race. The teams are worried that the intermediate tires that have been brought to Brazil cannot cope with the amount of water encountered.

"The teams unanimously agreed the regulation to restrict the wet tires last autumn," said FIA representative Alan Donnelly. "The FIA could not do anything about that. I would expect that the team principals will have another vote soon to make sure that both wet and intermediates tires are taken to the races."