Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weather: Three-day outlook for the F1 2022 season finale

Jamie Woodhouse
A view of the Yas Marina Circuit. Abu Dhabi, December 2020.

A view of the Yas Marina Circuit with no cars on track. Abu Dhabi, December 2020.

Formula 1 reaches its final stop of the 2022 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the weather looks rather more stable than in Brazil.

Forecasts going into the Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend suggested that a fair bit of rain was on the cards.

As it turned out, only on Friday would the heavens open to a point where the on-track action was affected, the track soaked before qualifying, which moved to Friday on that sprint weekend, though as early as Q1 Interlagos was ready for slicks.

The rain returned for Q3, much to the annoyance of Ferrari and Charles Leclerc, but this was the last of its influence on the race weekend.

In the dry Mercedes and George Russell were unstoppable at Interlagos, and the good news for team and driver is that Abu Dhabi is almost certain to feature a dry track too.

If Mercedes can get their W13 in that ideal working window once more, then Lewis Hamilton would surely love a crack at taking the win, this his final chance to continue his streak of winning a race in all of his Formula 1 seasons, stretching back to 2007.

On Friday, the opening day of action as the FP1 and FP2 format returns, drivers can expect to encounter the peak temperature of the day during FP1, 33 degrees Celsius, with zero chance of rain and only a gentle breeze.

As the floodlights begin to take effect for FP2, the temperature is set to drop to 31c and then below the 30 mark by the end of the session, still with a zero per cent risk of rain, while humidity climbs from 30 per cent to the mid 40s.

Come FP3 on Saturday, the temperature will have ramped up again to 32c, while the winds will also strengthen with a very slight chance of rain, only two per cent.

That session will be more humid with a figure in the high 40s, while come qualifying after sunset, the temperature will drop once more just below 30, humidity climbing to around 60% as the very slight threat of rain totally goes away.

Then, it is race day, where the drivers can expect slightly cooler conditions, but not much cooler. With a temperature just below 30c come lights out, that is expected to drop to around 27c by the time of the chequered flag which will bring an end to the 2022 season.

Humidity will climb from the high 50s to high 60s as the race goes on, with a moderate breeze throughout and only one per cent chance of rain.

All weather forecasts as above are provided by BBC Weather.

After a difficult and controversial Sao Paulo GP, Max Verstappen will look to end his dominant 2022 season on a high by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having won the previous two stagings of the event at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Plenty of attention will be on his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who goes into the race tied on 290 points with Charles Leclerc in their battle to finish P2 in the Drivers’ Championship.

Red Bull have never achieved a one-two in the Drivers’ standings, so if he can, will Verstappen help Perez’s quest this time? We will soon find out.

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