Cool weather and chance of rain in China

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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.

24 comments on “Cool weather and chance of rain in China”

    1. It’s difficult to get heat into the tyres when it’s colder, which mean that they grip less and can start to ‘grain’ which in turn means that they grip even less and slide about more, which means that they wear faster.

  1. 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

  2. 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?).

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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