Dutch Grand Prix: What Is the Weather Forecast After Belgian GP Drama? Will It Rain at This F1 Race too?

Published 08/30/2021, 11:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of the safety car as the start of the race is delayed due to bad weather REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


There was one machine working on overtime during the Belgian GP – the coffee machine. Excessive delays forced everyone to turn on their snooze mode, and the fans were forced to leave the circuit without witnessing an actual race. The extensive rain and the cold weather aren’t something we want heading to Zandvoort. While a wet track always makes the competition that much more interesting, will the red flags take over the Dutch Grand Prix?

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Perfect conditions on Friday and Saturday

The weekend will possibly start dry. The paddock can drop the beanies and heavy jackets as the partly cloudy weather looks to be a pleasant 20ºC. Drivers would welcome a sunny and warm practice session after the gray weekend at Spa.

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Although, the extreme afternoon heat may not be too enjoyable either. It’s advised to bring sunglasses to the grid; apart from the sun, the bright sea of orange on the grandstands might hurt the eyes too.

Saturday will continue with the perfect weather for a Formula 1 weekend. Slightly warmer, the chances of a dry qualifying session are high. Around 21ºC, the forecast is of cool winds and cloudy skies. The grid and the Orange Army may want to remember their sunscreen as the afternoon Sun will look to be extremely harsh.

Unsure weather for the Dutch Grand Prix

Not to bring back memories of the last weekend, but there is a possibility of rain on Sunday. With a 32% chance of rain in the morning, afternoon showers may make their way to the circuit. However, we wouldn’t put aside the slicks so fast. Apart from some light downpour, there’s nothing to worry about. Maybe we’ll finally get the perfect wet race this Sunday.

Big weekend ahead

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While everything seems great on the weather side, the Dutch GP is looking to be a brilliant weekend. The circus returns to this historic circuit after a 36-year hiatus. It’s a lot of excitement for the Dutch fans, but also for everyone. After the summer break, the triple-header didn’t get off to a good start; there was no race to enjoy. But, the Dutch GP looks promising.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 General view as fans of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen are seen in the stands before the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

With the Orange Army locked and loaded, Max Verstappen looks to win on home soil. The Red Bull driver is determined to gain his lead, while Hamilton looks to win his 100th GP. Then again, with the way races have taken place over the last few rounds, nothing is predictable.

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What’s sure is that it’s going to be a tough battle throughout the field. Everyone is hungry for points. With 72 laps around the fast-paced circuit, drivers will be looking for the slightest possibility to make a move. Who will make it to the top? We’re just days away from finding out.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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