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Weather update - more of the same for Saturday 20 Mar 2004

Michelin engineer takes a very warm tyre temperature reading.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2004 Zsolt Baumgartner (HUN) Minardi.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2004 Girls in the pitlane.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2004 Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW26.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 March 2004

There's no change in the weather forecast for the remainder of the Malaysia Grand Prix here in Sepang. It's going to be hot, hot, hot.

The skies will continue to be cloudy and the humidity high, and there is an ever-present risk of thunderstorms, though so far this weekend they have yet to materialise. There will be more of the same today and on raceday tomorrow, with air temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius.

That means track temperatures of up to 55 degrees C again, so the tyre war will be ever more critical and drivers will once again face energy-sapping heat that may only be repeated in Bahrain in a fortnight's time but nowhere else on the 2004 calendar.