McLaren at the 2012 Formula 1 British Grand Prix

McLaren at the 2012 Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Rain has already affected the practice and qualifying sessions of this weekend’s 2012 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, and the prediction for today’s weather, sadly, is simply more of the wet stuff.

The predicted maximum temperature is a cool 62.8 degrees F (17.1 degrees C) and humidity levels are close to 100 percent.

There were some patches of blue sky earlier today, but cloud cover is currently about 75 percent over the Silverstone Circuit, where racing is scheduled to start in a matter of hours.

The weather was so bad yesterday that organizers made the tough decision to ask fans who had attended the qualifying session to leave so that crucial repair work on various parts of the race track’s surrounding fields and roads could take place.

There were even instances of flooding in the surrounding area, causing havoc to traffic, but despite it all, today’s race is expected to still see a sell-out crowd of more than 120,000 spectators.

While the weather will certainly sour things, with current points leader Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari at the front of the pack, followed by Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber, Mercedes-AMG’s Michael Schumacher and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel directly behind him, things should be very interesting at the start off.

Going into the race, Fernando Alonso leads the pack with a healthy 111 points to Mark Webber and his 91 points in the Drivers’ standings. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is in third place on 88 points, with Sebastian Vettel behind him on 85 points.

Red Bull holds the lead in the Constructors’ Championship with 176 to McLaren's 137, with Lotus at 126, Ferrari at 122 and Mercedes-AMG holding 92 points rounding out the top five.

We hope you enjoy the race and look out for our full British Grand Prix results coverage on Monday.