Sao Paulo Grand Prix weather forecast: F1 bracing itself for another wet weekend

Henry Valantine
Wet weather at Interlagos. Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Wet weather in the pit lane at Interlagos.

Interlagos has had its fair share of inclement weather in the past, and the forecast for the weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix hints that wet weather could be on its way.

Another famous title decider in the same vein of 2008, 2009 and 2012 is not on the cards this time around because of both titles already being wrapped up for Max Verstappen and Red Bull, but the early forecasts indicate that tricky conditions at Interlagos could await the drivers once again.

With it being a sprint weekend, FP1 and qualifying will take place on Friday, with overcast conditions expected and predictions of up to a 70% chance of rain during the day.

Temperatures are expected to hit 25°C, but there could be a 40% chance of thunderstorms over Sao Paulo on Friday, with the grid for sprint qualifying to be set.

For Saturday, overcast conditions are set to continue but the probability of rainfall during the day is up to 90% in the morning, though this drops to a 65% chance in the afternoon, with sprint qualifying taking place at 4.30pm local time in Brazil with temperatures set to be at a slightly cooler 22°C.

And for the main event on Sunday, another overcast, humid day awaits the teams and drivers – with an up to 80% chance of rainfall in the afternoon as the race gets underway at 3pm local time.

All weather forecasts above are as supplied by AccuWeather.

Last year’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix will go down as a classic at Interlagos, but while the stakes are not as high this time around at the front, Formula 1 returns to one of its most popular and historic venues for the penultimate race of the 2022 season.

Lewis Hamilton, who was officially made an honorary citizen of Brazil earlier in the week, took his third career victory around Interlagos after coming through the field and passing Max Verstappen late on, surging through the field in sprint qualifying and the race after being disqualified from qualifying.

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