RACE DEBRIEF

    The drivers are getting set to go racing in Japan for the first time since 2019 – but what weather conditions can they expect to face this weekend?

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    Mercedes have won the last six races at Suzuka and will be hoping to make it seven in a row as they seek their first victory of the season.

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    The weather forecast suggests that the drivers can expect rain on Friday, a dry Saturday, and perhaps more rain on Sunday – though it's currently not expected to impact the race itself.

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    The weather forecast for the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

    2022 Japanese Grand Prix weekend weather forecast

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 – FP1 AND FP2 WEATHER
    Conditions: Clouds and rain expected throughout the day, with FP1 and FP2 expected to be wet.
    Maximum temperature expected: 17 Celsius
    Minimum temperature expected: 15 Celsius
    Chance of rain: 60%

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 – FP3 AND QUALIFYING WEATHER

    Conditions: Mostly sunny throughout the day with some high passing clouds.
    Maximum temperature expected: 22 Celsius
    Minimum temperature expected: 16 Celsius
    Chance of rain: 0%

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 – RACE WEATHER
    Conditions: The race is expected to be dry but there is a chance of rain hitting towards the latter part of the afternoon.
    Maximum temperature expected: 18 Celsius
    Minimum temperature expected: 15 Celsius
    Chance of rain: 40%