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. William (@william) said on 14th March 2014, 11:14

    the weather for Saturday is mostly cloudy. Isolated showers developing during the morning, then increasing later in the afternoon and tending to rain areas in the east. Isolated thunderstorms from the early afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 30 to 50 km/h turning cooler westerly 15 to 25 km/h in the late afternoon.
    While Sunday is partly cloudy. Isolated showers, mainly during the afternoon. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h turning northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening.

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