Russian GP Under Threat as More Rains Expected Over the Weekend Amidst an Already Flooded F1 Paddock

Published 09/22/2021, 2:43 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


The Belgian Grand Prix this season left many wondering whether rain is absolutely necessary for an F1 race after witnessing the bizarre 4-lap race that went on for almost 4 hours. It is quite obvious many would be hoping against such intermittent weather coinciding with the race day in the future.

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But, here’s the bad news! The weather looks absolutely treacherous at the moment in Russia. Rain has been falling without a break, causing massive water-logging around Sochi, where F1 awaits its 15th round of the 2021 season.

Weather models predicted this, and it has panned out perfectly. A massive band of rains fell right over the circuit last weekend. And the aftermath is seemingly quite concerning.

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F2 racing team, Carlin Racing, posted a picture of the current condition at Sochi; A flooded paddock with an overcast sky in the backdrop.

And of course, if this weather manages to sustain into this weekend, there is absolutely no chance of an F1 race taking place. So, are we in for another F1 race being washed away by intermittent rains this season? Well, read more to know.

Weather in Sochi over the F1 race weekend

Of course, it is heartbreaking to give out this news, but the conditions are not looking great over the upcoming race weekend at Sochi Autodrom.

Yes, the rain has finally let up after an intense couple of days. But, the next set of rain bands are set to hit the track on Saturday and Sunday. So, rains are pretty much imminent over Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s main race.

What’s more concerning is the level of intensity these bands may carry. Unlike Spa which witnessed a rather showery afternoon, it could well be heavy at Sochi, and it is likely to be persistent throughout the nearing weekend.

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So, it wouldn’t be much of a shock if F1 decides to call off the race, or at least, postpone the main event to Monday. Monday looks much better, with rains likely to let up by Sunday midnight. Hence, the marshals around the circuit will have enough time in hand to prep up the track for the race on the opening day of the week.

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So, amidst a lot of troubling signs, could this well be another disappointing weekend for the fans?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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