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Formula 1

No rain but a chance of sandstorms: The weather for the F1 testing weekend

The 2021 Formula 1 season kicks off with the pre-season test at Bahrain, and none of the teams want weather problems to affect their programme. Here is how the forecast is looking.

Norris Sakhir
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Ahead of the 2021 F1 season, all of the teams will take part in pre-season testing in Bahrain from 12 - 14 March. The venue marks a change from the usual location of Barcelona; due to the coronavirus pandemic, holding the test in Bahrain means that Formula 1 personnel can stay there ahead of the opening race at the track on 28 March.

The change of location could also mean a difference in weather conditions to what the teams and drivers usually expect from the winter test. This means that the weather forecast will be all-important for monitoring how conditions could affect their testing programmes.

So what is the current forecast?

Day one

On Friday 12 March - the first day of the test - conditions during the day will be sunny, with the maximum air temperature reaching 32°C. Humidity is not predicted to rise above 52%, and the maximum wind speed is 48mph. No rain is forecast.

Day two

As testing progresses into its second day on Saturday 13 March, the sunny and dry conditions will remain but temperatures will feel cooler, with a maximum of 20°C. Humidity rises and could reach 68% at its peak, whilst maximum wind speed is 50mph, though this should ease during the day.

While the dry conditions are helpful, the high winds in the desert do raise the possibility of sandstorms, which would be a novel issue for team's to deal with during testing.

Day three

Sunday 14 March will be the final opportunity for F1 teams to run their testing programmes, and conditions will stay much the same. Sunshine with no rain is predicted, and the air temperature will reach a maximum of 22°C. Winds are not forecast to rise above 28mph, and humidity will peak at 67%.

You can follow F1's pre-season testing live, including live timing, and the latest news on RacingNews365.com. We will also have exclusive interviews and analysis pieces throughout testing and in the run up to the opening race at the Bahrain International Circuit.


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