May 22 (GMM) Rain is often a great performance leveller in formula one, but former double champion Fernando Alonso is not hoping for a slippery Monaco grand prix.
Many race fans are crossing their fingers that wet weather forecasts for the Monte Carlo weekend are right, but already several drivers have expressed nervousness about the prospective combination of water, the tight and oily street circuit, and the absence of electronic aids.Alonso was asked by the Spanish press on Wednesday if he sees the adverse weather forecast as an opportunity to race and beat the usual 2008 pacesetters this weekend."Last year we did a practice session in the wet (here) and it was virtually impossible to drive the car, even with all the driver aids."This year it would be a nightmare, although I suppose a good result is possible because many cars might crash."But I don't have a good feeling about it, so I hope it stays dry," he admitted.Williams driver Nico Rosberg agreed: "Last year the wet tyres didn't work."If the same thing happens, now that we don't have traction control, it will be ... interesting," he added.