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Suzuka weather update: What's in store for the Japanese GP?

After a wet Friday and a dry Saturday so far at Suzuka, will the rain return in time for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix?

F1 drivers may have to endure wet conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix, with a chance of showers forecast for the nearby area on Sunday. After Friday's opening day of action was affected by rain, Saturday's running took place on a fully dry track. However, it looks like there is a possibility of more damp weather hitting the Suzuka International Racing Course in time for the main event.

Could rain play a role on race day in Japan?

As it stands, Sunday's 53-lap race could take place in wet conditions. According to our friends at WeerOnline.nl , dark clouds will gather over Suzuka during the race, meaning that the teams will have to take the possibility of showers into account. If and when the rain comes, it could last for quite some time. There is a chance, though, that the precipitation may not arrive until after the Grand Prix. The rain looks set to move across Kansai, the region in which Suzuka is located. The circuit lies to the east of the region, which also happens to be the direction in which the showers are heading. This not only poses the question of whether the rain will hit during the race, but also how heavy it will be. In turn, this will leave the teams having to decide whether Wet or Intermediate tyres are needed for the conditions. Otherwise, the weather is moderate at Suzuka. There is little wind and the temperature is expected to be around 19 degrees Celsius.

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