The weather for this weekends race is looking mostly dry and sunny.
With no overnighgt rain anticipated, conditions for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying on Saturday should remain dry but cloudy with some spots of sun. The temperature will be a moderately warm 22-25 degrees centigrade.
Race day conditions on Sunday should reamin unaltered with perhaps more sun and higher temperatures of up to 25 degrees centigrade. Although there is a risk of some very small showers to the south of Shanghai, it should not affect the race circuit come the Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez has been struggling for pace in Shanghai. His first two practice sessions were blighted by incidents, in Practice 1 he ran straight on at the pit lane entry and broke his front wing, whilst in Free Practice 2 he found himself sliding off backwards around the fast Turn 7 Turn 8 complex, flat-spotting his tyres and lightly touching the barrier with the right rear of his Mclaren.
The young Mexican conceded that the two Friday sessions were not perfect preparation for Sundays race and that his incidents have left him lacking in confidence and feeling uneasy “Today was a difficult day for me, but an important one for the team. Still, I’m sure we will improve tomorrow.”
Perez is pining his hopes on changing the cars balance before Free Practice 3 on Saturday, “I’ll effectively be starting from zero because I’ll adopt a completely new set-up.”
Gary Paffett had begun work back in the Mclaren simulator in Woking straight after the sessions in China, to find a different set up which may help Sergio get back up to speed and on the right track for the rest of the weekend. The pair even had a conversation on Twitter to complement each others work: