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Rain forecast for race weekend

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Despite heavy recent rain, better weather greeted the teams as they arrived for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

However, the forecast is less welcoming. There is a possibility of showers on Friday, with heavy wind and rain over the weekend.

Meanwhile, a significant change to the Suzuka circuit for 2010 is at the fast double-right corners known as Degner. The alteration, confirmed by the FIA, follows a number of crashes - including by Mark Webber, Sebastien Buemi, Jamie Alguersuari and Heikki Kovalainen - there last year.

The FIA said a new 25mm "negative kerb" has replaced the old kerb and the green concrete section at the exit of the fast first Degner section. The Spoon Curve also features modified outside kerbing for 2010, including more artificial grass there and also behind the kerb at the final chicane.

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