By Agence France-Presse

Formula One raised its umbrellas on Sunday in preparation for a first wet race of the season at the German Grand Prix after several days of a European record-breaking heatwave.

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Lewis Hamilton under an umbrella before setting off from pole for the German Grand Prix (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE/MANILA BULLETIN)

Rain began to fall on Sunday morning and heavy storms were forecast to continue throughout the day – meaning that the teams would likely start the race using ‘wet’ tires without any practice on them or the intermediate tires.

“It will be interesting if we do have a wet race because nobody has tested the wet and intermediate tires before,” said Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola.

He added that Pirelli had some data from test sessions, but nothing from race weekends.

British rookie Lando Norris, who struggled with battery problems in Saturday’s qualifying and has had new parts fitted, has taken a grid penalty that means he will start from the back of the grid alongside Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The four-time champion German has also taken new electronics and a penalty, but remains 20th on the grid.

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