Latest Weather Forecasts Predict Rain to Grace the United States Grand Prix 2021

Published 10/21/2021, 10:15 AM EDT
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After a two-year hiatus, the United States Grand Prix has finally returned to the F1 calendar this year. While teams prepare for the upcoming race weekend in Austin, weather reports suggest there could be a sudden change in conditions at the Circuit of The Americas.

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Although it won’t affect tomorrow’s practice sessions, it could impact qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

The United States Grand Prix might see thunderstorms during crucial sessions

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For the first practice session tomorrow, Austin will experience a temperature of 26ºC with no interruptions from the rain Gods according to AccuWeather. Although the temperature will climb to 29ºC during the second practice session, there is 0% chance of precipitation.

However, the same weather doesn’t look likely to repeat itself on Saturday. Although the final practice session will have sunny skies and a temperature of 29ºC with an 8% chance of rain, qualifying could see a change in the weather.

 

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Starting at 4:00 PM local time, the Circuit of The Americas might see partly cloudy skies and a temperature of 29ºC. In addition, there’s a 51% chance of precipitation, with thunderstorms expected to hit the track.

On Sunday, the race is set to begin at 2:00 PM local time. At this time, weather forecasts predict a 41% chance of precipitation. While there may be an isolated storm on the day, the skies will be partly sunny. These conditions could serve up an exciting weekend for F1 fans, who could see a few spills on the track.

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Who holds the aces in Austin this weekend?

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The battle at the front looks most likely to be between Mercedes and Red Bull once again. Although the former lead the constructor’s championship, Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by six points in the drivers’ championship.

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Past results in Texas would indicate the Silver Arrows are better suited to this track than their rivals. They won five out of the last six editions of the US Grand Prix, with Ferrari being the only other winner in the hybrid era.

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As for the midfield, McLaren could fare better than Ferrari despite their disappointing outing in Istanbul two weeks ago. Although the Italian outfit fitted new power units in both their cars, McLaren’s package looks more suited to the tricky circuit.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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