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Weather update - rain still possible for race 21 Mar 2004

Malaysian Grid Girls.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 March 2004 The sun sets over the Sepang circuit.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 March 2004 Pole sitter Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 March 2004 Michelin tyres.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 March 2004

Welcome to raceday in Sepang for the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Without doubt this is going to be a very tough race for drivers and cars, as air temperatures over 34 degrees Celsius are likely, and track temperatures could exceed 55 degrees C. The latter will make tyre wear a crucial factor, and many teams are likely to make three pit stops, though there is a suspicion that one of the Renaults may try to exploit the R24's excellent wear characteristics to make it through on two.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain at some stage during the day. Thunderstorms usually hit the region towards the evening when they do come, and with the race starting at 3pm local time this might be a factor, but so far this weekend none of the predicted storms has actually materialised.