What's the weather forecast for F1's return to the United States?

Jake Nichol October 19, 2021
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Formula One returns to American soil this weekend at Circuit of the Americas, but what is the current US GP weather forecast?

F1 returns to the United States

This weekend’s race will be the ninth time F1 has raced at the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas.

First appearing on the calendar in 2012, it quickly became a popular stop, before falling off in 2020, due to the pandemic.

F1 has been keen to get back to the United States, as the series undergoes a growth spurt in popularity – in part thanks to Netflix’s Drive to Survive.

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In the previous eight editions of the race, only one has been hit by bad weather.

It came in 2015 where rain battered Austin throughout the weekend.

Fans were locked out of the track on Saturday morning and qualifying delayed to Sunday morning.

Nico Rosberg took pole, but Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton took the win.

It secured Hamilton his third world title and left Rosberg stewing over another missed opportunity at the crown.

Given most F1 races have been hit by rain since the summer break, let’s see what’s in store this weekend.

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US GP weather forecast revealed

Since the summer break, races in Belgium, Russia and Turkey have all been hit with wet weather.

In Belgium, the event was abandoned due to conditions being so poor.

Fortunately, there is little chance of a repeat this weekend at Austin.

Friday will be the best of the conditions with temperatures expected around the 30 degree mark.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday, with conditions similar to that of Friday, with a little more cloud in the area.

As for the main event on Sunday, there could be some rain in the hours leading up to the race.

The risk is at about 30% on the morning of the race.

The race is scheduled for a 2pm CST start time, (8pm UK), where that risks falls slightly to under 20%.

Max Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings by six points from Hamilton after the Turkish GP.

Including this weekend’s race at Austin, there are six rounds remaining on the 2021 calendar.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.