Weather could worsen at gloomy Fuji

Sat, 29 September 2007, 01:00

As evening – and patters of rain – descends on Fuji Speedway after qualifying, it is suggested that an even worse day of weather awaits the Japanese grand prix for Sunday.

Heavy fog and rain marred running at the refurbished venue on Saturday, including the totally abandoned morning practice session.

But some of the teams’ weather prognosticators think the conditions could worsen overnight.

One source said heavy wind and a 100 per cent chance of rain are likely for mid afternoon on Sunday, but clearly BMW-Sauber is hearing different advice.

“The weather predictions for tomorrow are not clear,” said team boss Mario Theissen. “We have to prepare for a wet race and for a drying track.”

Spyker’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said he expects a wet race, while his counterpart at Toyota, Pascal Vasselon, reported that a “high risk of rain” is evident for Sunday.

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