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
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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The weather is difficult to track in Singapore and heavy rain is always a possibility.
- Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan
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