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F1 News: Shanghai GP to face showers during qualifying; Race likely to be dry

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The Shanghai Grand Prix will experience mixed weather conditions this year. The upcoming Formula 1 (F1) weekend will see clouds on Friday with hazy sunshine and mostly dry condition. However, Qualifying on Saturday is expected to experience some scattered showers and thunderstorms.

On race day, the track conditions are expected to be dry and the weather will most likely remain sunny. There will be mid and high level clouds during the afternoon and temperatures will be up to 20 degree Celsius, according to UBIMET.

UBIMET is F1’s meteorological service provider and will deliver high-precision weather information during the race weekend. According to them, Friday’s temperature will reach a maximum of 21 degree Celcius and the track will experience easterly winds.

Saturday will start with rain, however the cloud cover will pass away thus allowing for a few glimpses of the sky. This is unlikely to remain though and cloud will return during the afternoon bringing with it scattered showers accompanied by thunderstorms. This will produce slick conditions during qualifying. Temperatures are likely to stay within 24 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, Force India’s Sergio Perez thinks that the wet conditions in Shanghai will help them get a good result. The Mexican driver also thinks that upgrades before the Grand Prix in Spain will propel them up the constructors’ championship.

“I think our car should be competitive in wet conditions, so actually I am looking forward to it. So, we are optimistic for here – and for the upgrades that we will introduce in the course of the year (Spain).” Perez said, as reported by F1.com.

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