F1’s only previous visit to the state of Texas in 1984 (pictured) saw one of the hottest races ever recorded. As the air temperature in Dallas rocketed to 40C the track began to fall apart and several drivers crashed out.
The Circuit of the Americas lies south-east of Austin which is the fourth-largest city in Texas. In August temperatures reach as high as 35C but at this time of year they generally peak in the low 20s.
That is more or less what’s expected for the days ahead, with slightly cloudy conditions and temperatures exceeding 20C across the weekend. A wind of up to 15kph will come from the east, giving drivers a tailwind on the longest straight on the new Circuit of the Americas.
Local forecasters are predicting a dry weekend with a slight chance of light rain on Sunday, most likely too late to have any effect on the race:
Austin weather radars:
- NWS radar – Austin / San Antonio
- KXAN Austin weather radar
- KVUE Live Doppler Weather Radars for Austin, West Texas
Location of the Circuit of the Americas
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