The Miami Grand Prix weekend has been marked by dry and warm conditions, but as we approach race day, a change in the weather might bring an unexpected twist to the race.
By the time the race kicks off at 15:30 local time (20:30 BST), alternating sunshine and clouds are predicted, accompanied by a moderate easterly wind.
This weather pattern raises the possibility of occasional showers passing over the Miami International Autodrome, although continuous rain is not expected.
Nevertheless, an entirely dry race cannot be ruled out, so teams will have to stay alert to changing conditions throughout the 57-lap event.
Heavy Rain and Grip Issues on Saturday Night
On Saturday night, heavy rain washed away grip from the Miami circuit, creating challenges for Formula 1 drivers.
They will have to be cautious at the start and also consider the chance of more rain during the race.
The track will be ‘green’ on Sunday due to Saturday’s heavy rainfall, and there’s a slight chance of rain and even thunderstorms during the Miami Grand Prix.
However, the likelihood of rain depends on the weather report consulted.
There is a 51% chance of rain and thunderstorms an hour and a half before the start.
An Unusual Starting Line-Up
Regardless of the weather conditions, this race promises to be intriguing.
The late red flag in qualifying, caused by Charles Leclerc’s crash, has resulted in an unusual starting line-up.
Max Verstappen will start from P9, while Carlos Sainz (P3), Kevin Magnussen (P4), and Pierre Gasly (P5) had their best qualifying of the year.
In such circumstances, the weather could play a significant role in determining the outcome of the race.
Teams and drivers will have to adapt their strategies according to the changing track conditions, and fans will undoubtedly be on the edge of their seats, waiting to see how the race unfolds.