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Hot race expected but rain could hit practice

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix weather

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Friday practice is at risk from thunderstorms but after that drivers can expect the usual Hungary heatwave.

First practice should take place in warm but cloudy conditions. However the second session, which starts at 2pm local time, is under threat from a series of showers which could turn thundery and are expected after noon tomorrow.

After that the conditions will settle down and the heat crank up under cloudless morning skies. Air temperatures are expected to exceed 30C on both days.

Last year’s sizzling weekend saw track temperatures hit 55C in qualifying and second practice. A significant factor this year will be how well the new track surface copes with the baking heat.

For more updates on the track conditions during each session keep an eye on F1 Fanatic Live and the F1 Fanatic Twitter account.

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7 comments on “Hot race expected but rain could hit practice”

  1. Basically the only risk is that we will see no action once again in FP2.

  2. 30degC is a heatwave? Not in Australia its not.

    1. Tommy Scragend
      21st July 2016, 16:57

      But in Europe it is. This article isn’t about Australia.

  3. Last weekend it was 15 celsius and raining all saturday and sunday. It would have been entertaining watching a race under such conditions.

  4. I’m eager to see what the new surface and kerbing will be like. According to Pirelli, they’ll provide much more grip. On the other hand, the new tarmac seems to be darker than the old one which means track temperatures could rise even further than before. And with this year’s Pirellis, it’s absolutely impossible to predict tyre behavior. All of that could make for an exciting weekend.

  5. I do miss those high noses….

  6. those cars had engine sounds and nice noses

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