Abu Dhabi to be hot as usual for fourth Grand Prix

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weather

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Abu Dhabi will see temperatures in excess of 30C on all three days of the race weekend.

However with the crucial qualifying and race sessions being held in the evening, teams will keep a close eye on how the track temperature falls as it goes dark.

Air temperatures will remain well above 20C even as night falls at the circuit when the cars are in action.

At present Sunday is set to be the hottest of the three days. Sunset will begin at 5:30pm local time, half an hour after the race starts.

“The most special thing about this event is the fact we race in the dusk,” explained Sauber’s head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara. “This requires us to adapt some of our work, especially in free practice one and three when it’s very hot.

“Free practice two is of particular importance because then the conditions are those that are most comparable to the ones we will experience in qualifying and the race.”

There will be regular updates on the track conditions during each session on F1 Fanatic Live and the F1 Fanatic Twitter account.

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4 comments on “Abu Dhabi to be hot as usual for fourth Grand Prix”

  1. Here’s hoping the higher temps will play in to Lotus’s hands – I really want that first win for Kimi or Romain!

    1. Warmer temperatures didn’t help them much in India.

      In fact I think all the teams have gotten over their tyre heating issues already.. so we still cant use Bahrain performance as a yardstick for how Lotus is going to perform

  2. Damn, we’re lucky if we get in the 20s in the UK in summertime during the day.

    This could be a real spanner in the works if someone can’t get their tyres to work, especially with such a green track.

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