Likelihood of thunderstorms on Sunday may result in first moist race of 2023 in Miami · RaceFans

The Miami Grand Prix is scheduled for a similar weekend this 12 months as its inaugural look on the Method 1 calendar in 2022, however the climate might be very totally different.

Scorching temperatures final 12 months on the newly-laid observe floor for the non permanent circuit led to low grip ranges and finally tearing up of the observe itself after a weekend of F1 vehicles working round it.

For 2023 race new asphalt has been laid which is predicted to offer extra grip. If ambient temperatures are excessive sufficient then we may see considerably greater observe temperatures as the brand new layer is darker than the outdated. It has additionally been jet-washed, additional growing its abrasiveness and doubtlessly resulting in very excessive tyre temperatures.

When F1 vehicles hit the observe for the primary time at 2pm native time on Friday it’s anticipated to be the most popular time of the day with the temperature forecast to be 30C. A 20kph westbound wind go towards the path of journey for vehicles on the pit straight and the straights between turns eight and 11. Due to this fact drivers are set to profit from a tailwind on the lengthy again straight heading in the direction of the ultimate corners.

The air temperature is barely anticipated to drop by one or two levels by the point the second apply session begins at 5:30pm, with winds staying simply as robust.

Third apply at 12:30pm on Saturday is forecast to happen in comparable temperatures, and barely weaker winds of the identical path coming from the USA’ East Coast solely 10 kilometres away.

There’s a slight likelihood of rain for when qualifying begins at 4pm. On Sunday the grand prix’s begin time of three:30pm is once more set to be the most popular a part of the day, which means drivers can count on it to get cooler all through the race.

Nevertheless Sunday’s forecast additionally brings a a lot greater likelihood of rain. Current forecasts put it as excessive as 66% within the native space, and subsequently may see herald the arrival of rain earlier than the race end and the primary moist grand prix of 2023.

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