Two of the three races since then have been rain-affected: a thoroughly drenched race in 2009, followed by a mixed wet-and-dry Grand Prix the year after.
The local weather appears to be running true to form, presenting cool conditions and a recurring threat of rain over the next three days. The forecast radars show bands of rain passing across the area from west to east.
There is a chance of light rain during Friday practice, and the forecasts for rain on Saturday are higher, though there is a good chance it will fall after qualifying. Sunday is currently expected to remain dry.
With overcast conditions, temperatures are predicted to remain a cool 10-13C throughout the weekend.
Air quality has also been a concern here in the past. Nearby factories are often required to stop production during the race weekend but in recent years this has not happened during Friday practice, leaving a thick haze in a sky.
As always if you’re in the area and can supply details on the current weather and local forecasts, please do so in the comments.
Here are radar images showing rainfall movement in the region:
Shanghai International circuit location
Shanghai is in eastern China, and the track itself lies to the west of the country’s largest city.
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