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Will it be the Singa-pour GP? Rain forecasted for weekend

A first wet race will alter strategies and run close to its two-hour limit

Published on Sep 19, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Flashback, Singapore GP 2010: McLaren’s Jenson Button walking in the rain with girlfriend Jessica Michibata. Fortunately, it did not rain during the race. Wet weather will make the punishing night contest even tougher. -- ST FILE PHOTO

If you believe the weather-man, it could get wet in the stands and wild on the track at this weekend's SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

The three-day forecast for the race on the official Formula One website indicates thundery showers from Friday till Sunday - which could mean, for the first time, a rainy Singapore race.

For the fans, it just means bringing along a poncho. For the teams, it spells a headache. There will be the usual mutterings about spray, reflections and visibility, and how it could affect drivers navigating a water-logged street circuit under floodlights.

But it could also introduce the dreaded safety car, and push an already punishing race close to its two-hour limit. Safety cars have been introduced in all four previous editions of the night race for different reasons, but rain - if it does fall - would be a first.

 
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Background story

MAYBE

The weather is difficult to track in Singapore and heavy rain is always a possibility.

- Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan


MAYBE NOT

While the humidity is constantly high, it hasn't yet rained in any Singapore GP so this should be the same again this year.

- Paul Hembery, motorsport director of tyre supplier Pirelli