Rain forecast for Saturday at Suzuka

The Japanese Grand Prix weekend is expected to get off to a dry start on Friday – but that is set to change over the following days.

Different forecasts give different views of this region’s often changeable weather, but several forecast heavy rain on Saturday, clearing up by Sunday. This raises the possibility of qualifying being hit by rain.

Timo Glock said he was expecting a lot of rainfall during the race weekend:

I think we can expect similarly wet weather in Japan [as in Singapore practice] – the early forecasts are for a strong chance of rain during all the running sessions and possibly during the race.
Timo Glock

Rain fell on F1′s return to Suzuka last year during the second practice session, but not qualifying or the race.

If you?re in the area this weekend, please let us know what the weather is like in the comments.

This weather radar for the region where Suzuka is will allow you to keep an eye on any rain heading towards the track:

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31 comments on Rain forecast for Saturday at Suzuka

  1. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 6th October 2010, 16:42

    I can’t remember the last race that had no rain predicted over the whole weekend. It is ironic that we haven’t actually seen a proper wet race (i.e. China 2009) in 2010! I am not having a go at or blaming anyone, I just think we have been very unlucky this year to have had such boring weather.

    • I like to see it as we’ve been lucky that we’ve always had a chance of rain so there’s always some hope :P

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 6th October 2010, 17:24

        It is reverse-psychology you see. If the radars predict rain and everyone gets excited, the man who ultimately decides what sort weather we are issued with gives us the opposite. Simple. :P

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 6th October 2010, 20:23

      I actually think we see better racing under changing conditions (Melbourne, Shanghai, and Spa 2010) than if it’s strait wet. It forces teams to make tough calls on tire strategies and rewards bold decisions like Button’s in Australia.

  2. Victor. said on 6th October 2010, 16:43

    A wet qualifying on Suzuka is disturbingly arousing considering what happened last year in the dry…

  3. The weather betrayed us in Singapore hope the dame will happen here in Japan.

  4. Griggs said on 6th October 2010, 16:53

    Pah, I’ll believe it when I see it. The rain gods keep teasing us! :D

  5. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 6th October 2010, 17:11

    Ugh, no rain in the race please! Too much of a lottery at this stage in the season.

  6. DaveW said on 6th October 2010, 17:28

    Whitmarsh has booked cloud-seeding planes.

  7. Rahim RG said on 6th October 2010, 18:42

    Who ever wins in a Wet Suzuka deserves the Championship in My Opinion….

  8. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 6th October 2010, 18:58

    The last time it rained at the Japanese GP, Hamilton won, Vettel and Webber crashed into each other and Alonso spun out. Good omens for the championship (except we’d lose Vettel)!

  9. Younger Hamilton said on 6th October 2010, 20:40

    This is when the Revival of McLaren begins.

  10. manatcna (@manatcna) said on 6th October 2010, 21:39

    I think changeable weather would be better than completely wet, let’s see how quickly the teams can react under pressure.

    Team Whitmarsh will get it wrong as usual just to make sure they can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the championship race.

  11. John P said on 6th October 2010, 23:00

    There’s no point paying attention to these forecasts. It seems that for every race this year, the forecasts have said we were in for a wet race/quali, and it NEVER happens!

    Best example was before Hungary quali, when the BBC weatherman told it was raining at the circuit, and 2 minutes later the programme started, showing clear skies and a bone dry track.

  12. manatcna (@manatcna) said on 7th October 2010, 0:20

    DavidA – Sorry, I didn’t mean only in wet or changeable conditions.

  13. Daniel said on 7th October 2010, 3:04

    Wooah! Damon your right, we havent had one WET race in 2010 :/ And that sucks! Hopefully it lashes in Brazil, because Rain+Brazil=Awesomeness!!!

  14. Bleu (@bleu) said on 7th October 2010, 6:59

    In general there hasn’t been that many completely wet races. From the 2000s I can remember Brazil 2003, Belgium 2005, Japan 2007, Britain 2008, Italy 2008 and China 2009, so that’s six. Even in two of them some drivers took dry tyres in the end but it was mainly gamble and they were not battling for win or high points.

  15. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 7th October 2010, 11:06

    Update: Seems like rain for qualifying but dry for the race. Some chance of rain on Sunday though.

    • McLarenFanJamm said on 7th October 2010, 12:22

      I’d take rain during Qualifying. Try and get the McLarens mixing it at the front and then have a bold tyre strategy during the race (although knowing Whitmarsh the latter is unlikely)

      • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 7th October 2010, 16:52

        McLaren have a history of trying to make Hamilton win from the front, so it’s likely they’d still put the soft tyres on even if the choice is free. Mind you, with a green track that might not be the worst idea.

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