We're a few hours away from the sixth race of the 2021 Formula 1 season, with the streets of Baku playing host to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. While there is only a 2% chance of rain, the wind speeds will be a variable the drivers need to look out for.
The Baku street circuit has proven to be difficult to master with yesterday's qualifying session witnessing four red flags as the drivers struggled to keep their cars out of the barriers. The high-speed nature of the track is bound to induce a few mistakes and the race has always provided viewers with a thrilling spectacle.
While there is a slim to negligible chance of rain, the wind speed, which is predicted to hover around 30 km/h is something both the drivers and their respective teams will need to keep an eye on. As witnessed in Bahrain, a gust of wind can seriously alter the handling characteristics of the cars, and with wind gusts expected to drive the speed up to 39 km/h, it will certainly prove to be a very tricky afternoon for all 20 drivers.
The air temperature is set to hover around 26 degrees celsius with the humidity at 50%. The higher track temperatures should enable the drivers to get their tyres into the optimum performance band, though tyre wear could be another factor in determining the race outcome.
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