Chinese Grand Prix weather update: Will we see rain in Shanghai?

We've already seen rain in China shake things up, so could more rain be on the way in Shanghai? Here’s an updated weather forecast for the 2024 Chinese GP

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As the Formula 1 circus descends on the Shanghai International Circuit for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen put his Red Bull on pole position for the fifth time this season, but could rain in China thwart the Dutchman’s quest for another win?

Following Friday’s wet and challenging Sprint Qualifying, where Lando Norris secured pole in a gripping display of wet-weather prowess, conditions have remained overcast with no more rain during following sessions. 

Sunday’s weather forecast for the 2024 Chinese GP bodes well for a competitive and strategic race with the likelihood of rain little to none – just 5 percent.

Teams and spectators can expect sunny intervals and a gentle breeze at the Shanghai International Circuit to accompany the day’s racing spectacle. 

Lando Norris during Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren
Lando Norris during Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren

Chinese GP race weather Shanghai

Forecasts predict the mercury will rise to a comfortable peak of 22°C, creating an ideal backdrop for tyre strategies to unfold on the track.

The temperature is slated to hit a balmy 20°C as the lights go out at 15:00 local time, while the likelihood of rain remains a meagre 5 percent, marginally increasing as the race progresses.

With a gentle northeastern wind of around 8mph (13kph), the conditions are set to test the drivers’ mettle as they navigate the circuit’s notorious long back straight and tight corners. 

The gentle breeze is unlikely to disrupt the cars’ aerodynamics significantly but may cool the engines and contribute to the overall race strategy.

F1 hasn’t graced the Shanghai track since 2019, and the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix is poised to be a thrilling continuation of this season’s exhilarating narrative. 

With no rain expected during the race, all eyes will be on the drivers and their machines as they battle it out under the Shanghai sun.

  • Forecast: Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze are anticipated throughout the race day.
  • Temperature: Expect a high of 22°C during the day.
  • Precipitation: A dry day with a mere 5% chance of rain increasing slightly by the race’s end.
John Smith
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