This weekend, the Lusail International Circuit makes its return to Formula 1 as the host of the Qatar Grand Prix.
The track made its debut in 2021, towards the end of the hotly contested campaign between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
With rain being a frequent player during the current year, teams will not have to worry about a saturated track this weekend in Qatar’s climate.
The country is often incredibly hot, but over the next four days, the temperature is set to frequently hit the 40-degree mark and sometimes even exceed that figure.
According to our friends at WeerOnline.nl, the hottest day is likely to be Saturday, after which the wind turns slightly more to the northeast and comes in from the sea, which will provide a few degrees of ‘cooling’.
The weekend will also see the return of the Sprint format, with the sole free practice session and qualifying taking place on Friday.
Temperatures of roughly 40 degrees are expected for the free practice session while there is set to be a noticeable wind which could force on-track errors.
Things will cool slightly for qualifying in the evening but still hover at around a challenging 35 degrees.
The remainder of the weekend will not be much cooler - on Saturday in particular, temperatures will rise to 40 to 41 degrees for the sprint shootout.
During the sprint race in the evening, it will still be around 34 degrees. The wind will be strong again with wind gusts between 50 and 55 km/h projected.
On Sunday, the wind turns slightly more to the northeast and the 40-degree mark will probably (just) be missed, but the temperature will still reach 38 to 39 degrees.
During the race in the evening, it will be about 33 degrees at the track.