Variable weather conditions for first race weekend

2014 Australian Grand Prix weather

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Albert Park, 2013Wet weather played havoc with last year’s Australian Grand Prix, forcing a rare postponement to qualifying. Q2 and Q3 had to be run on Sunday morning before the race.

The teams will be anxious for as much dry running as possible in order to maximise their opportunity to conduct more testing with their new cars. On Friday at least, they should be spared any rain.

The two 90-minute practice sessions should see very warm conditions, with temperatures almost reaching 30C. It will be overcast to begin with but the sun should break through the clouds in time for second practice.

Saturday is looking a bit trickier. The temperatures will remain high but the wind will pick up, reaching up to 45kph, and is likely to bring some showers with it. At present the indication is these will not fall during qualifying, but as that’s still almost two days away that is certainly subject to change.

Race day is expected to bring another change with considerably lower temperatures – only just making it above 20C. This will come as a relief to anyone concerned about cooling problems with the new V6 turbos during the 58-lap race.

Keep an eye on these weather radars for more on the forecast for Melbourne.

There will be regular updates on the track conditions during each session on F1 Fanatic Live and the F1 Fanatic Twitter account.

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48 comments on Variable weather conditions for first race weekend

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 13th March 2014, 13:14

    Uh oh.

  2. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 13th March 2014, 13:27

    Dear Mr God,

    Please stay your God tears from the Albert Park racetrack, I’d like very much to see where we in the dry before we add yet more chaos…although feel free come Malaysia.

    Kind Regards,

    WilliamB

  3. Chris (@ukphillie) said on 13th March 2014, 14:29

    If it rains it could be a disaster for F1.

    With reliability not looking good as it is, the rain will just throw another spanner into the works leading to a descent in to farce. Some fans may not come back to watch Malaysia, those that do:

    Malaysia’s humidity will make cooling very difficult indeed. I predict under 10 finishers for Malaysia.

    How many fans will stick around after the first two races?

  4. lubhz (@lubhz) said on 13th March 2014, 14:40

    Marussia and Caterham first points seems even more likely.

  5. Breno (@austus) said on 13th March 2014, 14:44

    Huge torque, lower downforce, rain. Oh boy.

  6. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 13th March 2014, 15:13

    Huge break for Red Bull, if it rains on Sunday.

  7. Rastura (@rastura) said on 13th March 2014, 15:23

    All new electronics and wet, its sounds like trouble to me

  8. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 13th March 2014, 15:51

    I’d love it if it works out that in the rain, Red Bull have the best car and Vettel wins by a lap.

    I don’t support Vettel or Red Bull but it’d be hillarious on here afterwards! :D

  9. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 13th March 2014, 16:00

    Redbull could actually win the race on Sunday if it rains, with their insane aerodynamics as seen during Bahrain test

  10. tmax (@tmax) said on 13th March 2014, 18:11

    Imagine a rainy weekend causing havoc like Malaysia 2012….. Ending up with a surprise RBR winner provided that car completes some laps and reaches the finish line

  11. The Bear! (@justgassing) said on 13th March 2014, 20:23

    Well whatever Bernie wants Bernie gets eh!

  12. StephenH said on 13th March 2014, 20:25

    What would happen if ALL the cars retired ??

    Last man running, or would we end up with something out of the end of “Talladega Nights” ??

  13. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 13th March 2014, 21:20

    Being a resident of Melbourne, the weather is not something that is predicted well. However, I believe that it will remain mostly dry throughout the weekend, Australia’s trusted Bureau of Meteorology has the most up to date information, but you can check out the forecasts below, and see how they change over the hours, let alone the days.

    Source: Bureau of Meteorology
    Melbourne Forecasts
    Latest Weather Observations – Updated Every 15mins
    Rain Radar

    • Kazihno (@kazinho) said on 14th March 2014, 4:02

      I agree. I’m predicting a dry race.

      The changes in the forecast have been tending towards less chance of rain. A week ago it was going to be an all wet Sunday, then rain at times, then it became afternoon showers, now it is “just a slight chance of an afternoon shower” and that covers the greater Melbourne area.

      But the maximum temp for Sunday hasn’t changed though, still 19°C. It’s going to be a cold race and the prime tyres are going to be difficult to get heat into. That’s where the interest in the race will come from.

  14. Toro Stevo (@toro-stevo) said on 13th March 2014, 21:33

    Being a resident of Melbourne, the weather is not something that is predicted well.

    It’s hard to predict four seasons in a day.

  15. hzh (@hzh00) said on 13th March 2014, 22:04

    Only 3 and a half more hours remaining, I have waited so long for months but I can’t wait any more, I can’t sleep, I desperately need to hear some engines, come on practice 1, please start.

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