There have been very few opportunities to try the new wet weather tyres supplied by Pirelli, so some rain would definitely have been acceptable. But today, it seems the Rain Gods might have exaggerated just a little. For once, the forecast was spot on, with heavy and constant rain falling in the Granollers area right from the very early hours of this morning and there is no sign of improvement on the horizon.

Only four teams have been taking part in the fifth test day at the Catalunya Circuit- alongside Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the ones who have stayed on are McLaren, Williams and Mercedes – with a total of five drivers, including Fernando Alonso. Track conditions are very difficult, as can be seen from the fact that just one driver, Hamilton, has completed any timed laps. All the others, including Fernando made do with some out-in laps, broken up with some practice starts which are always useful.