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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


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