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Canadian Grand Prix 2022

Weather could shake up starting grid for 2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1 is back in Canada but could rain during qualifying upset the order of Montreal's first Grand Prix since 2019?

Formula 1 is back in Montreal for the first Canadian Grand Prix since 2019, with Covid to blame for the event's three-year absence.

Max Verstappen leads the World Championship from teammate Sergio Perez and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

George Russell, in an underperforming Mercedes, isn't too far behind with the team hoping to soon find a path back to the front.

But could the weather turn things more in their favour in Canada as talk of a drizzly qualifying day generates excitement?

Friday set to be hottest day of the weekend

Track action in Canada will be in the afternoon, or the evening for those in Europe.

Friday will be the hottest day of the race weekend: air temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius are expected with track temperatures forecast to soar far higher, but not as high as they were for events in Barcelona and Monaco.

But after a bright start to Friday's track action, the temperatures will fall with rain and even thunderstorms considered likely during FP2, according to our weather provider: WeerOnline.NL.

			© Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool
	© Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

Will qualifying rain shake-up the grid order?

For Saturday's qualifying session, the sky will be much cloudier with rain possible throughout the day.

Should the rain stay away, temperatures are expected to reach 17 degrees Celsius. However, a wet day in Montreal could see temperatures fail to climb above a low, by F1 standards, 13 degrees.

It remains unclear for now when the rain will strike or whether the rain will fall during qualifying but Saturday looks set to be an all-around drizzly day.

Sunday expected to deliver a dry race

For now, WeerOnline.NL are predicted a dry Sunday with mid-race air temperatures around 18 or 19 degrees Celsius.

The sun will shine with a power of seven, lifting track temperatures to and above 30 degrees Celsius.

It is recommended that spectators in the stands use sunscreen throughout the day, as exposed skin can burn easily.

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