The current weather forecast for this weekend’s 2013 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix is for cool temps, partially cloudy skies and a very low chance of rain.
Sunday’s race is expected to see a peak temperature of just 75 degrees F (20 degrees C), humidity levels of around 50 percent and low wind speed.
The predicted dry weather means there are unlikely to be as many surprises as we saw in the last two races, although the weather can be quite changeable and rain is quite often a feature at the Shanghai International Circuit where the Chinese GP is held.
With the circuit’s relatively rough surface, tire degradation during the initial practice sessions has already caused worry for some teams.
Pirelli has brought its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tires, along with its Cinturato Green intermediates and Cinturato Blue full wets. Most of the Italian firm’s tires are softer this year, which has already resulted in quicker laps for many of the drivers.Earlier today, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa proved quickest in the second free practice session, followed by Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen and fellow Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Last year’s winner here, Nico Rosberg, was fourth for Mercedes AMG, while Mark Webber in his Red Bull and Jenson Button in his McLaren, completed the top six.
Going into qualifying tomorrow and Sunday’s eventual race, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel leads the Drivers’ Championship with 40 points, followed by Kimi Räikkönen with 31 points and Mark Webber with 26 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing leads with 66 points, followed by Lotus and Ferrari both on 40 points.
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