[raceweekendpromotion]This weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix is expected to see overcast conditions and considerably cooler temperatures than the last F1 race at Interlagos two years ago.
Saturday should see the skies lighten a little, with bright sunshine occasionally breaking through the clouds. Temperatures will increase slightly, to 19C, and the risk of rain will fade. The sprint qualifying race is more likely to be dry.
The general improvement in conditions will continue on Sunday, which is forecast to remain dry and become progressively sunnier. A weekend ambient high of 21C is forecast.
There will be moderately strong wind all weekend, coming from the south east. Friday will see the highest speeds of up to 40kph, while Saturday and Sunday will be limited to 30kph.
Fluctuations in the weather conditions could prove significant in the title battle. Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin believes the cooler the temperatures become, the better things are for his team.
“The weather inherently is very unstable there, you can have a 50-degree track one day and it can be a wash-out the next,” he said. “I think if it is a hot circuit, then that’s probably going to move in their direction. A bit of cloud cover may well suit us.”
If that proves the case, Mercedes could have the upper hand in qualifying and sprint qualifying but Red Bull may be in a stronger position when it comes to race day.
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