Weekend weather update for Melbourne 03 Mar 2005
The first official day of the 2005 Australian Grand Prix meeting here in Melbourne has seen cloudy but warm conditions at Albert Park, but with a high of 23 degrees Celsius the ambient temperature is cooler than it was this time last year.
The forecast suggests that this will be a cloudy but relatively warm weekend, but there is a chance of showers on Friday when the high will drop to 21 degrees. Saturday and Sunday are expected to top out at 18 degrees, so in general the temperatures will be down on 2004. This may help the tyre manufacturers, as little of their winter testing was conducted in really high temperatures.
The track at Albert Park runs round the lake and is located in Melbournes centre, close to the St Kilda district. It measures 5.303 kms long and the race will run over 58 laps (307.574 km). It will start at 2pm local time, which is 11 hours ahead of GMT.
The circuit is largely unchanged but the teams will welcome its relatively benign surface which should pose few serious wear problems now that they have to make do with only one set of tyres per race weekend. They wont be quite so happy about the demands that Albert Park makes on brakes.