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Miami GP weather update: Will it rain on race day?


Sergio Perez will have a big chance to take the championship lead as he starts on pole position for the Miami Grand Prix, with teammate Max Verstappen in ninth.

Victory for Perez would ensure he leaves Miami on top of the Formula 1 driver standings as he currently trails Verstappen by just six points.

Fernando Alonso will start on the front row after a great opening run in Q3, which proved to be decisive when Charles Leclerc spun in his Ferrari and caused qualifying to come to an abrupt end.

The crash caused a mixed up grid with Carlos Sainz in third, ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Pierre Gasly. Then come George Russell, Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.

Miami weather

A threat of thunderstorms could play havoc for the Miami GP, which begins at 8:30pm UK time (3:30pm local time).

Lewis Hamilton, who starts in 13th, says he hopes the heavens open up in Florida and there is a 40 percent chance of rain one hour before the scheduled race start time.

This number will decrease as the day goes on, so if it’s going to rain, the build-up to the fifth Grand Prix of the year could see a short, sharp shower.

Temperatures will still be hot at 29 degrees Celcius, but there will be more cloud cover, so the track temperature be around 42 degrees Celcius.

The hot weather could push the teams towards a two-stop race, especially as the tyres were wearing a lot earlier in the weekend.

Qualifying saw some strong gusts affecting the balance of the cars, perhaps contributing to Leclerc‘s crash and Verstappen‘s mistake on his first run.

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiuhttps://total-motorsport.com/author/nigel-chiu/
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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