Sunday weather update - dry so far 01 Oct 2006
Welcome to race day at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, the 16th round of the year, which signals the start of the final leg of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Many drivers will probably breath sighs of relief this morning, for it is dry so far. Though an ambient temperature high of 26 degrees Celsius is forecast, there is still a chance of the rain that affected qualifying yesterday.
Most of the drivers would prefer a dry track, but well have to wait and see how the conditions develop as the day goes on. This can generally be considered a promising start, however.
The 5.451 kilometre (3.387 mile) circuit is largely unchanged since Fernando Alonso took pole position (1m 34.080s) and won the 2005 race for Renault. The 56-lap event will run over 305.066 kms (189.568 miles) and will start at 1400 hours local time, 0600 hours GMT.