Typhoon heading towards Chinese Grand Prix

Typhoon KrosaIt may have been dry for qualifying at Shanghai today but the teams were well away that heavy rain is expected tomorrow for the second Grand Prix in a row.

As mentioned in the Chinese Grand Prix preview The culprit this time is Typhoon Krosa (pictured) which, at the time of writing, is battering Taiwan with winds of up to 150mph.

The typhoon itself will not hit Shanghai but the vast clouds of heavy rain surrounding it are very likely to.

This is the location of Shanghai International Circuit:

The external link below shows the prediction for how the typhoon is going to affect the race. Last year’s Chinese Grand Prix was also run in the wet and was won by Michael Schumacher.

Rain is forecast to begin at the circuit this evening (Saturday) and continue throughout Sunday. We may be in for a repeat of Fuji…

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7 comments on Typhoon heading towards Chinese Grand Prix

  1. So far it has been extremely hot here, but winds did pick up today already and especially the first practice session was very windy. It will be interesting tomorrow :-)

  2. Vertigo said on 6th October 2007, 12:25

    AAAAHHHHHH HELP WE’RE ALL GOING TO GET BLOWN AWAY!!!

    Well not me, I’m in Wolverhampton, but still, a typhoon would make a really interesting race. Would it be best to fuel heavy so that your car doesn’t get caught in the wind?

  3. Hopefully we wont need a procession start and we will see some good overtaking.

    Does anyone else think that the concrete run off areas, which may improve safety, are killing the sport.
    How often do we see mistakes punished in F1? You hardly need to be a good driver now, you can run wide without loosing too much time.
    Gone are the days of getting bogged in the gravel traps. Bring them back I say.

  4. Seeing Kimi going onto the grasscrete in Fuji on several occasions and seemingly gaining useful speed and grip gave me pause. That looked like sloppy driving was being rewarded, not punished.

    Also, qualifying was dry. But I’m not so sure about the race…

  5. Robert McKay said on 6th October 2007, 16:14

    “Does anyone else think that the concrete run off areas, which may improve safety, are killing the sport.
    How often do we see mistakes punished in F1? You hardly need to be a good driver now, you can run wide without loosing too much time.
    Gone are the days of getting bogged in the gravel traps. Bring them back I say.”

    Yes: I agree, bring them back. And if safety is the argument, then at least make it so that going off the road gets you some sort of time penalty added on to your race time, or something like that. I think if you run wide, spin off and lose a chunk of time then that’s ok, but if you run wide, and more or less just keep going that should be penalised with some standard time penalty. It’s not quite the same as a race-ending gravel trap, but it would be better than nothing.

  6. Eric M. said on 7th October 2007, 0:17

    I agree that the paved run-offs are making things far too easy. Which is why I was bothered to see the Massa/Kubica last-lap battle being compared to the famous Villeneuve/Arnoux battle. Villeneuve and Arnoux fought harder and were able to stay on the circuit! Not so Massa and Kubica, who were into the grass or run-off at virtually every turn. If Fuji had gravel run-offs that battle would have been over as soon as one of them went off.

    I think paved run-off can be useful in the most dangerous areas, but too often the entire run-off is being paved, which I think is completely needless. Look at the new run-off at La Source, where the massive paved area extends well past the slow point of the corner.

    I hope they don’t have another safety car period to start the race, but you have to admit it would be kind off interesting after the controversy at Fuji, especially since Hamilton would once again be in front.

  7. bertie bassett said on 19th April 2009, 0:54

    typhoon will be the only way force india will get a look in, shocking, surely time to sack some more staff, always a simple solution (in the short term)

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