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Portuguese Grand Prix 2021

Portuguese GP weather: Will rain play a part?

The third round of the 2021 Formula 1 championship begins at 15:00 UK time, with the Portuguese GP. Slightly damp conditions made the start of the 2020 race particularly memorable, could it happen again?

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Valtteri Bottas will start the Portuguese GP from pole position after a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday to beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, and both Red Bull drivers.

Mercedes locked out the front row after a small error on Verstappen's first flying run resulted in his lap time being deleted. He was unable to match his time on the second run, with the low grip conditions and windy conditions proving tricky.

Last year, lightly damp conditions at the start saw the soft tyre runners enjoy their grip far more than the medium runner, resulted in a spectacularly exciting first few laps.

However, it doesn't look as though this year's race will produce the same early thrills in terms of weather.

The race gets underway at 3pm BST/4pm CEST, with no rain forecast for that time at Portimao. Temperature predictions are around 22 degrees celsius, the warmest time of the afternoon, which could favour Red Bull as they have indicated the warmer it is, the more comfortable they are.

Wind is expected to be around 15 km/h, although variable, meaning the continued risk of isolated gusts proving tricky for drivers. There is no particular threat of rain expected.

Stay tuned right here on RacingNews365.com for all the build-up and our coverage of the Portuguese GP itself.

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix

The latest news about the Portuguese Grand Prix straight from the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.

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