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Rain to hit Malaysian GP?

Heavy rain deluged the Sepang circuit on the eve of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, providing good and bad considerations for the teams and drivers eager to return to action after Melbourne last weekend.

Renowned for its flash storms that have the potential to flood its ciruit, Kuala Lumpur delivered on Thursday, with track and paddock under water in a matter of minutes, but the extreme conditions provided at least glimmer of hope for those hoping to upset the formbook on Sunday.

Left to scrap over the minor places in Australia, much of the field sees the likely return of the rain as their best chance of battling with and, given the newcomers lack of wet weather testing, even beating the Brawn cars of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

"If it doesn't rain, then Brawn Grand Prix should win but, if it does rain, then things might look a little bit different," Williams' Nico Rosberg ventured, "But the rain is the only chance that we all have, I think, to change that."

"When it's wet, it makes it more of a lottery for everyone - it becomes more of a challenge for everyone," world champion Lewis Hamilton elaborated, "It's not necessarily the fastest cars that can win, it's who can keep the car on the track and who is in the right place at the right time, so anyone from the back can have the same opportunity as the ones at the front."

Thursday's rain increased fears that the grand prix may be the victim of unprecitable weather over the weekend, not least on race day, when the proposed 5pm start could see the usual hot and humid conditions switch to the frequent scattered thunderstorms that tend to roll in at around that time.

For teams like Toro Rosso and Brawn, which only got their 2009 cars on track late in the pre-season, wet weather running is something of an unknown.

"I think if it rains like this we will need to organise a boat race," Toro Rosso's Sebastien Bourdais opined, "We don't even know what this car is like in the rain, so I don't think we can really give an answer to this."

Melbourne race winner Jenson Button, meanwhile, admitted to having changed his views on wet races since Honda morphed into Brawn.



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RB - Unregistered

April 03, 2009 6:18 AM

Weather forecast is 14mm of rain Sunday afternoon which in my experience of living in SE Asia is going to be late afternoon making it nion a certainty of wet race ... Looks like Bernie has stuffed up again thinking more of the money than the event .. in Australia last week it looked extremely difficult and pretty dangerous racing in twilight and if you add rain then it's going to be impossible ... my prediction is a shortened race To Bernie .. F1 is supposed to be a global race not just for the "masses" in Europe so lets get the racing back to 2pm starts wherever they are and I am sure most people will be "happy" with an early morning cuppa if they are true racing fans

Mucking Fuddle

April 03, 2009 7:24 AM

Has everyone forgotten Barrichello's fantastic drive last year in the wet at Silverstone, with Brawn's tactical genius at play? Totally agree with you RB, it was a tradition for me to get up in the early hours for the first couple of races. The true fans, as you say, would be up and at 'em anyway. You could clearly see in some of the in-car shots from Melbourne that the sunlight through the trees was a horrible distraction when trying to find braking points.



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