Cool weather and chance of rain in China

We could see our third consecutive rain-affected F1 event this weekend.

Weather forecasts for the Shanghai region this weekend indicate Friday and Saturday will stay dry but there’s a chance of light rain on Sunday which could affect the Grand Prix.

It’s expected to stay cool in Shanghai with temperatures below 20C. Friday could be as cool as 12C.

Rain has affected three of the last four Chinese Grands Prix. Last year was the first time the race was held early in the season, in April rather than October.

The Japan Meterological Agency has a weather satellite which covers the Shanghai area which we can use to keep an eye on the weather in the build-up to Sunday’s race: find it here.

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24 comments on Cool weather and chance of rain in China

  1. LehonardEuler said on 12th April 2010, 18:04

    Chance of rain for sunday is 60%:
    Hope it rains again!

  2. R.E.M. said on 12th April 2010, 18:06

    Even with rain, last year was dull. I’m expecting a near repeat of last year… unless Red Bull botches qualifying or their car breaks again.

  3. LewisC said on 12th April 2010, 18:39

    Mercedes’ turn to win this week, isn’t it?

    Fiver on Rosberg. ;)

  4. sato113 said on 12th April 2010, 18:57

    why is colder weather harsher on tyre degradation?

  5. Ned Flanders said on 12th April 2010, 19:09

    Why do so many people think last year’s Chinese GP was boring. It wasn’t the greatest wet race there’s ever been, but it was still pretty exciting.

    There was the Webber/ Button battles, Vettel overtaking Button for the lead, Buemi driving into the back of Vettel behind the safety car, Hamilton and Massa fighting their way through the field, Kubica and Trulli’s great crash, Piquet’s countless spins, Sutil’s crash from 6th, and probably loads more stuff I’ve forgot

    • Tom L. said on 12th April 2010, 20:11

      Nakajima gave Piquet a run for his money on the spins front if I remember rightly! I too thought it was one of the year’s better races.

  6. DomPrez said on 12th April 2010, 19:25

    Rain means Sutil stays in my fantasy teams! Then i just have to pray for ferrari…

    regardless, i expect a new winner…but its still an 8 way battle (9 if you count that guy with all those titles, what was his name again?).

  7. James said on 12th April 2010, 21:01

    I’m sure the Ferrari’s wont complain about the cooler weather considering how they’ve struggled in the heat already this season (Alonso’s blowout in Malaysia and both Massa and Alonso needed to change after qualifying in Bahrain).

    I suspect this year wont be quite as processional as previous years, with or without rain at least I hope this is the case. With the track being more abbrassive, and the lower temperatures, tyres will grain quicker than in previous races. Hopefully this will push some teams into considering a two stop strategy. I sense that Button and Kubica will need this as their silky driving styles often lead to their tyres cooling off much quicker

  8. macahan said on 13th April 2010, 0:19

    bring on the rain… Could be a great race if it rains. Without rain during either quali or race it could be a pretty dull race.

  9. wasiF1 said on 13th April 2010, 1:49

    If it rains I think Red Bull will be the quickest car out there. & we may have a good chance to see what Schumacher can do in rain.

  10. US_Peter said on 13th April 2010, 2:30

    I’m just hoping we get to see a finish out of Kobayashi and Petrov.

  11. Icthyes said on 13th April 2010, 2:44

    2007: But-wrenchingly exciting. Wet race.
    2008: A bit dull. Dry race.
    2009: Exciting. Wet race.
    2010: Who knows, but rain wouldn’t go amiss!

  12. Terry Fabulous said on 13th April 2010, 3:56

    You’re damn right, I can’t belive that Alonso blocked Hamilton in the pits to stop him getting that last lap in.

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