Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2018

Rain and fog on the cards for Belgian Grand Prix weekend

2021 Belgian Grand Prix weather

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This weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix looks set to run in cool and generally damp conditions, with a risk of fog and rain showers.

Temperatures will be consistently on the low side, climbing no higher than 17C at any point over the coming three days of track action.

Although the race is still three days away, wet conditions are expected during the 12th round of the championship at Spa-Francorchamps. It could be a familiar sight by the time we get to Sunday.

Heavy rain is forecast this evening which is likely to leave the circuit damp for the start of running on Friday morning. Cloud cover throughout Friday and the expected return of showers in the afternoon, may further reduce opportunities for the track to dry out. There is also a risk of fog in the morning.

Slightly better conditions are expected on Saturday and we could see the sun out in the morning for final practice once the fog dissipates. However, the chance of rain increases into the afternoon, so F1’s qualifying session and the subsequent support races may well take place on a wet track.

On Sunday, much as with the previous days, a fairly dry morning is expected to give way to damp conditions in the afternoon. F1 may escape a downpour during the race time but showers remain a threat and the increasingly traditional post-race cloudburst looks possible too.

Friday and Sunday will see strong south-easterly winds, at 30-40 kilometres per hour. This is likely to be more of a challenge for drivers in the upper parts of the circuit, around Les Combes and Malmedy, where the track is relatively exposed. Saturday is set for slightly calmer conditions.

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19 comments on “Rain and fog on the cards for Belgian Grand Prix weekend”

  1. Fog you say… I wonder if we might see a shortened / cancelled FP1 if the fog is bad enough that the chopper can’t take off.

    1. @eurobrun Maybe. BTW, ‘chopper’ in your post immediately reminded me of a famous quote, LOL.

      1. Get to the Choppa!

    2. FP3 was delayed in 2001 due to fog – air temperature was quoted as 9C. I was there :)

      Not sure if a shortened practice was run before qualifying or if that FP3 was cancelled altogether

  2. After the horrendous flooding there a few weeks ago I am just glad that the race is still on. Anyway, I think the circuit suits weather like this :)

  3. The limited number of wets and inters available might be rate limiting step for free practice running. Too late to get a few bonus sets over there to improve the ‘show’?

    1. @CW Probably too late, yes. At this rate, teams will get an additional set post-F2 for the remaining event, though.

  4. Red Bull should take a new engine with the resulting penalties here.

    1. @aapje My thoughts exactly, if it’s wet, it won’t be fun being in the pack for the first couple of laps, but after that you’d expect Max to be up to third and then a safety is somewhat likely to follow at some point.

      1. The challenge in this scenario is surviving the first 5 laps however. Quite a gamble with the luck they’ve had so far. I’d take Italy

        1. Yeah DRS city of Monza is much smarter than taking it on a wet foggy day at Spa.

  5. Just as I had checked yesterday, a cool and rainy weekend indeed. This prospect could bring extraordinary circumstances and subsequently unusual results.

  6. This would be ideal, wet qualifying, wet race,

    Lewis and Max, mano a mano for the win, and no crashing for atleast 50 laps.

  7. Yum! Yum!

    Is it too much to hope for a repeat of my all time favourite race? Spa 98′

    i.e. a George Russell win. LOL!!

    1. There’s no spare cars though! A repeat of 98 will see maybe 3 cars take the restart… haha

      1. 2 more than Hungary 😅

        1. That’s just cruel 🤣

  8. Sounds good to me! Looking forward to this one. On my birthday and I’m off work for a week!

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