Belgian GP: What is the Weather Forecast for Qualifying? Are There Chances of Rain or Will it Be Dry?

Published 08/28/2021, 7:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Rain can play a major role in how a Grand Prix weekend can pan out. Most drivers will do their best to find the grip around the track, to the best lap possible. As we prepare for the high-intensity qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, let’s take a look at the weather report.

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Many fans and teams are expecting showers to hit the track during the quail session. During FP1 on Friday, drivers had intermediate tires on as the track was wet and this might be the case again if rains hits out at the track in Belgium.

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Weather prediction for the qualifying session for the Belgian GP

With rain falling on the track before FP1 yesterday, drivers were already preparing on how to tackle the wet track. The quail session is just hours away, and with reports of rain approaching, it will severely affect the pace of all drivers.

The qualifying session will begin at 3 PM local time, and at the point, light showers are predicted to approach. Precipitation is at 56%, while humidity is at 90% &, the temperature is at 15 degrees Celsius, and winds are expected to reach a speed of 14 mph. Furthermore, visibility around the track will be moderate.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

The weather at Spa isn’t likely to improve as light showers are expected to continue, and precipitation is to increase to 66%, humidity at 90%. However, the visibility around Spa is said to improve.

How did the rain affect FP1?

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Before the lights went out for the first practice session of the day there was rain and the track was wet. This threw a curveball at the teams and its drivers. Nevertheless, they got behind the wheel and zipped around Spa.

There were two drivers who were affected by the wet track at Spa. The likes of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, and rookie AlphaTauri driver, Yuki Tsunoda had a spin-out as they went around the track.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Lewis Hamilton wasn’t his usual self either, as he missed out on the front row, and had to settle for an eighteenth place on the timesheet. With the track predicted to be wet again for Saturday’s session, all drivers will be hoping to have a clean run, and get the best time possible.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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