Rain could feature at Suzuka

Rain could be a feature of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend. As much of the travelling F1 circus took its first look at the Suzuka circuit on Wednesday, it was a grey and rainy day, but it didn't stop first-timer Sebastien Buemi from donning...

Rain could be a feature of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

As much of the travelling F1 circus took its first look at the Suzuka circuit on Wednesday, it was a grey and rainy day, but it didn't stop first-timer Sebastien Buemi from donning a rain-coat and jogging a lap.

When he strolled Suzuka's nearly six kilometres with his Toro Rosso engineers on Thursday, it was in much better weather, but the forecast is calling for more rain to fall on Friday and Saturday.

At this point, the longer-range forecasts predict a mainly dry race day.

"There's always the possibility of the forces of nature intervening -- we've already had an earthquake and a close call with a typhoon," said BMW's Nick Heidfeld.

"The weather is always an issue and there's been torrential rain often enough in Suzuka," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Sébastien Buemi
Teams Toro Rosso