There will be no repeat of the lengthy rain delay that shortened last year’s Japanese Grand Prix as a dry Sunday is expected at Suzuka.
The race eventually ended after just 28 laps, having reached the maximum three-hour cut-off point. Max Verstappen average speed of 53.58kph making it the slowest world championship grand prix in history.
Fortunately, there will be no repeat of last year’s rain as forecasts predict that the risk of rain on Sunday is so low that it is almost zero.
Friday’s opening day of practice has the greatest risk of rain, but even that sits at under 20% for the first hour of running, reducing into the second hour of practice. Practice is expected to be warm, with the second session seeing ambient temperatures rise to almost 30 degrees.
Saturday’s qualifying day is expected to be dry and sunny all day, with temperatures reaching just under 30 degrees for the start of qualifying at 3pm.
Sunday’s race day will again be dry, with minimal risk of rain disrupting proceedings. The race will take place in very warm conditions, with an ambient temperature of 28C and track temperatures likely to be over 40C.
That will make this weekend’s race at Suzuka the hottest since 2018, which ran in almost identical conditions despite being held in early October, instead of late September. F1’s next visit will come in spring instead of autumn, as Japan’s race has an April date on the 2024 F1 calendar.
NB. No Japanese Grand Prix was held in 2020 or 2021. The 2007 and 2008 events took place at Fuji Speedway.
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