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Cooler conditions expected in Melbourne

Wednesday 13-March-2013 12:14

The slightly cooler weather experienced during testing in Barcelona may well end up being the perfect preparation for the season opener.

Whereas in previous years hot and humid conditions were the order of the day at Albert Park in Melbourne, teams and drivers may be greeted by cool weather over the weekend.

The Victorian capital has been experiencing a heatwave, which saw nine consecutive days of temperatures over 30°C, but that came to an end on Wednesday and conditions will be much cooler over the next few days.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s over the next few days and there is a chance of rain during qualifying on Saturday as well as Sunday.

The conditions could make it tricky for teams in terms of strategy as cooler weather at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya led to high levels of tyre degradation during pre-season testing.

Pirelli has assured teams the new rubber would last longer at Albert Park, but everyone will find out on Sunday if the super-softs - which will be used in Australia for the first time - are up to scratch.

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