Monaco Grand Prix 2021 Weather Report: Are We in for a Classic Wet Weather F1 Race at Monte Carlo?

Published 05/18/2021, 4:40 PM CDT
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Sparks fly as Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


After an enthralling start to the 2021 F1 season, the paddock moves to the hustle and bustle of Monte Carlo. The fans will witness the Monaco Grand Prix after the race last season was canceled because of the COVID pandemic. Though the fans didn’t miss it a great deal from a racing spectacle point of view. But can the rain gods help turn it from a snore-fest to an edge-of-the-seat thriller?

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There will be cloudy skies all throughout the four-day weekend in Monaco. The maximum temperature will reach 20 degrees Celsius, while the minimum would be 12.

A gentle breeze with a slight chance of rain will complement the overcast conditions. There’s around a 20% chance of rain during qualifying on Saturday, whereas it slightly decreases to 15% for the main race on Sunday. But we are keeping our fingers crossed.

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Any downpour could significantly affect the outcome of the race. Otherwise, as we have seen in recent years, it could really be a dull affair. With virtually no chance to overtake, a wet weather scenario could force the hand of the teams into playing with their strategies.

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Not to forget the twisty and narrow nature of the street circuit makes it incredibly important to control the car. While a mistake anywhere else may not cost you as much, any slip up here means a driver could end up in the barriers.

Michael Schumacher wrote the perfect script at wet weather 1997 Monaco Grand Prix

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Before 1997, Michael Schumacher‘s record here wasn’t particularly great. However, he made amends in style at the 1997 edition.

He took the lead off the race from pole-sitter, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, on the opening lap. And even as the rain came pouring down, he showed superb control. As others around him tumbled, he not only kept his Ferrari on track but also was more than a second faster than the others.

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He crossed the checkered flag with a lead of 53.306s. A truly dominant performance from a very special driver.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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