Max Verstappen’s enthusiastic fans may turn the skies burnt orange at the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend. But there is a chance qualifying will take place with another kind of cloud sitting over the track.Zandvoort will enjoy a bright and warm day when practice begins on Friday. Air temperatures of 17C anticipated when the first track action begins with FIA Formula 3 in the morning and a rise to 20C by the time first practice for F1 begins at 12:30 local time.
Temperatures will continue to increase after that, with no chance of rain. Unsurprisingly, for a coastal track right next to the North Sea, there could be some strong gusts with an average wind speed of 12kph predicted through the day.
On Saturday the weather looks like it could get more interesting. Warmer air temperatures of 20C are expected by the time the day’s schedule begins, pushing track temperatures well into the thirties.
Qualifying for the grand prix will take place at the hottest time of the day, and the session’s start at 3pm local time should be dry. However there is an increasing risk of rain, currently rising to 51% in the final moments of Q3. This may prove brief, however: the risk of rain and thunder drops off ahead of Formula 2’s sprint race, which may nonetheless take place on a wet track.
Sunday will be the hottest day of the weekend and has a more similar look to Friday with dry conditions expected throughout. Winds will be far weaker on Sunday afternoon though, meaning if flares – which are usually prohibited from event spaces across Europe for safety reasons – are let off during any of the track sessions then there may not be enough wind to blow the resultant smoke away quickly.
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