In midst of the typical Grand Prix Thursday hustle and bustle this afternoon, a portent of things to come occurred when the Malaysian heavens opened.

Lightning, thunder and sheets of torrential rain lashed the venue for this weekend’s Malaysian GP, and sent all comers scurrying for cover.

Of concern is that weather forecasters are predicting a similar pattern of weather for the next few days, with a high chance of rain at around 4pm each day – precisely the point at which Saturday qualifying and the following day’s race is set to start.

Thursday Thunderstorm

Anyone care to place bets on a rain-shortened race like 2009? How long until Formula One Management stop dicking about with the start times of the eastern Grands Prix to satisfy the core European TV audience? You’re playing with driver safety here!

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.