Baku weather: Could rain and wind play havoc during Azerbaijan GP?

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Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit will play host to the eighth round of the 2022 F1 season between 10-12 June as Red Bull look to make it five wins on the bounce.

It will be the third time in the team’s history that they have achieved such a feat after doing so in 2013 and 2021.

The team will also be looking to make it two wins on the bounce in Baku, building on Sergio Perez’s win at the venue twelve months ago.

But what effect with weather have on this season’s race? Could we see rain like in Monaco? Will high track temperatures have a play on tyre wear?

Rain unlikely for Azerbaijan GP

Unlike in Monaco, the likelihood of rain in Baku this weekend remains small with the chance of rain on Sunday currently at 0%, according to WeerOnline.NL. However, there is a 10% chance that it could rain for qualifying, making a wet session unlikely but not impossible.

The sunshine on race day will be intense with a start time of 15:00 (local time), at which point temperatures of around 29 degrees are expected. That could bring track temperatures as high as 50 and yet another race at which drivers will have to carefully nurse their tyres. Reminder: Pirelli have opted for the three softest tyre compounds available for this weekend’s race.

Those lucky enough to have tickets to this season’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix are reminded to apply a high factor of sunscreen all weekend, even if temperatures will be lower on Friday (26c) and Saturday (27c).

Winds could play havoc during Baku race

Those tuning in to follow the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend could hear drivers regularly complaining of wind at the Baku City Circuit. Spins for Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen in Spain have shown just how much wind can affect F1’s new 2022 cars.

According to WeerOnline.NL, a northerly wind is expected to blow on Friday and Saturday with Friday’s gusts predicted to be especially turbulent. The cars will be sheltered by buildings throughout much of the track but could find themselves caught out by the occasional heavy blow.

But by Sunday afternoon, there will be a moderate (win force 4) southerly wind from the south, meaning the gusts will have more of an effect on the waterfront circuit.



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