Malaysian Grand Prix weather forecast

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Early forecasts indicate the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend is likely to be affected by rain.

Over on the F1 Fanatic Forum ccolanto has been checking out the weather forecasts for Kuala Lumpur and thunderstorms are predicted throughout the weekend.

The chance of precipitation is rated around 60% for Friday and Saturday, rising to around 80% for race day on Sunday.

The 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix was famously disrupted by a thunderstorm but other than that every F1 race at the circuit has been run in dry conditions.

Ccolanto’s posted some links for following the weather forecast on the forum, you can also keep an eye on this weather radar as we get closer to the weekend.

Are you near Kuala Lumpur? What do you expect from the weather this weekend? Leave a comment below.

Malaysian Grand Prix 2009

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  1. Weather is fine here this few days but is unpredictable. Once the rain storm come it will b nasty. Planning to go live at Sepang GP with some friends. Hopefully is a dry weather on race day.

  2. StrFerrari4Ever
    30th March 2009, 21:26

    Well this is awesome news rain not just rain thunderstorm going to be interesting to see who can keep control of their vehicles in those tough conditions i wonder if the Brawns will pull away? na i expect everyone to be so tight the small teams need to capitalise on this chance come on Toro Rosso :D the Vettel grid penalty doesnt seem to bad seeing how great he was in the rain in Monza

  3. I remember the same being said about Malaysia last year; it’s just too unpredictable in that part of the world to know until it happens.

    But on the other hand, the race starting at 5p.m. local time rather than 2p.m. should increase the chances of a downpour quite significantly.

  4. Hope it wont rain. Dry weather helps to understand which team/driver is where. Besides I think this time we dont need rain to have interesting race. This time it may be even quite boring if it rains cause the diffuser teams can dominate the race (more downforce – correct me if Im wrong about what that “half-legal” diffuser do to the car).

    1. Toby Thwaites 93
      31st March 2009, 21:53

      Half a second a lap at a track like melbourne according to redbull

  5. A wet race would be very interesting. The thing we have to remember is that the slicks compensate for the lower downforce in the DRY, but in the wet that is not the case. For this reason it will be MUCH more crucial to get the wet tires on and off the cars at the right time. If I remember correctly I think Toyota and BMW each had at least a day of running in wet conditions during preseason testing. Lets see if that gives them an advantage over some of the others. On the other hand Brawn seems to have a significant edge in downforce, which will only be exaggerated in the wet, and Jenson and Rubens are great in the rain. I think that Ferrari and McLaren will be in big trouble though, as they seemed to struggle greatly with rear end grip in Oz and rain will just make that worse, even for a pro like Hamilton.

  6. Grooved tyres are available for use in certain circumstances, I believe.

  7. 60K from the track, a friend about 20K from the track, No rain during race time today!

  8. today as usual it was a hot morning and afternoon but at 5pm – no rain. warm night now…perfect day for the race..hopefully on sunday it will be like this..but then again this Malaysian weather we’re talking about here..

  9. i’m around 20km from the circuit and it’s raining quite heavily now!!

  10. Kevin C, AlvinK, amhana and anyone else who’s in the region – How much light is there around the time the race will be starting and finishing? If it rains heavily, is visibility going to be a problem?

    1. Keith,
      There should not be a problem in terms of sun light during the race even at the end of it. It is still very bright. The concern would be the position of the sun which would be low and the glare would be a problem.
      If it rains heavily then it will be quite dark and surely visibility is limited…

  11. You wrothe that it was raining, but from the photos from practice 1 it looked dry and sunny.
    Are there clouds now and will it rain today and tomorrow? The Weather Channel suggests thunderstorms in the next four days…

  12. Hey Keith, if it start to rain it’s gonna b dark. Speeding at 200-350km/h, my guess visibilty is limited.

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