Torrential Downpours Expected for Malaysian Grand Prix

You guys remember the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix, right? The one on which heavy rain started to pour at one point like there was no tomorrow, eventually causing the first shortened race in the modern history of Formula 1. Apparently, similar predictions have been made by the meteorologists for this very weekend.

According to weather specialists in the country, thunderstorms are expected to take place from Thursday to Sunday, each day. Which means not only the Malaysian race might be affected by heavy rain, but also the running on Friday (first two practice sessions) and Saturday (third practice and qualifying).

Despite the rainy expectations, temperatures are still expected to reach upper 20s-lower 30s levels, meaning the humidity will be just as high as predicted. This would undoubtedly offer us a race weekend to remember, as it would be the first time this season Pirelli would tackle a wet weekend (with high humidity to spice things up).

Another important F1 element that could be affected by the heavy rain would be the DRS device (Drag Reduction System), which would not be legal under this type of weather. According to the latest ruling of the FIA, the adjustable rear wing is not to be used in rainy conditions at any time.

Given the weather reports, we should expect an interesting weekend in F1, especially since the worst torrential downpours are most likely to occur in the afternoon (so qualy & race better watch out). Although not creating any chaotic racing on Sunday last year, rain did affect Q1 on Saturday, causing both Ferraris and McLarens to be left out of the Top 17.
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