It was March 1 but it could have been April 1, a date known as “April Fool’s Day” in some parts of the world, a silly spot on the calendar when pranks and hoaxes and merry japery are to be expected.
Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive of Formula One, was quoted on the organisation’s website as suggesting F1 could boost excitement at its races by “making rain”.
Go on, Bernie. You love to wind us up!
No, really. F1’s 80-year-old boss apparently believes that into every race a little rain must fall.