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Istanbul weather: What's in store for the Turkish GP?

The latest weather forecast for the Turkish Grand Prix shows that teams and drivers should be braced for another wet weekend.

The weather forecast for the Turkish Grand Prix shows that another wet F1 weekend is likely, though there should be substantially less rain compared to the previous event in Russia.

F1 returned to Istanbul Park last season, and the mid-November race saw drivers struggle to find grip given the low temperatures and rainy conditions on a newly-resurfaced track.

This year's event has been moved up a month, meaning temperatures won't be as problematic, however rain is once again expected at the venue.

While Friday should see both practice sessions avoid the rain, that might not be the case on Saturday and Sunday.


The latest forecast for Friday, with help from our friends at WeerOnline.nl, says the day will start out sunny, though clouds will gather.

While Friday practice is expected to avoid the changing, wet weather conditions that are set to plague the rest of southeast Europe, rain can't be ruled out entirely.

Temperatures are due to hit a high of 22 degrees Celsius, with strong winds also possible.


Precipitation and clouds are set to move in from there, meaning drivers should prepare for wet sessions on Saturday.

Last season's qualifying at Istanbul Park was run in the wet, with Lance Stroll picking up his first career F1 pole position, and chances are we will see that scenario play out again.

Saturday's temperatures should be similar to Friday, with a high of 21 degrees Celsius, but substantially less windy.


As for Sunday, there is about a 40 percent chance the Turkish Grand Prix will be run in the rain, though a downpour is not expected.

Track temperatures should hit a high of 21 degrees Celsius, though overcast conditions are forecast for most of the day.

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