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Sunday weather update - a dry race ahead 08 Oct 2006

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda Racing F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day Suzuka, Japan, 7 October 2006 Suzuka Banner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day Suzuka, Japan, 7 October 2006 Akihito Saito (JPN) Executive Vice President Toyota Motor Corporation.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day Suzuka, Japan, 7 October 2006 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 248 F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day Suzuka, Japan, 7 October 2006

Welcome back to Suzuka, and raceday at the Japanese Grand Prix.

After practice and qualifying were run in the dry on Saturday, there was a brief shower of rain towards the evening. But the forecast for today is sun and an ambient temperature high of 24 degrees Celsius. Conditions should therefore be consistent for the race.

The 5.807 kilometre (3.608 mile) circuit is largely unchanged and the race will be run over 53 laps or 307.573 kilometres (191.126 miles). It starts at 1400 hours local time, 0500 hours GMT.

Ralf Schumacher took pole position for Toyota last year in 1m 14.106s, while Kimi Raikkonen won the race for McLaren and set the fastest lap in 1m 31.540s.