Formula 1 schedules changed for new season

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European races will begin an hour and ten minutes later, along with other minor adjustments, to gain TV audience and add excitement

The Formula 1 bosses and the FIA have decided to modify the starting times of races as of the coming season, with the lights going out at ten minutes past the hour. As they have explained in an official communiqué, the aim of this move is so to bring “television viewers… closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out”, as in many countries the TV companies begin their broadcast exactly on the hour. The reasoning behind that is similar to that applied to the kick-off times for Europa League games, which is at 21:05 and not 21:00.

As well as the races beginning at ten minutes past the hour, there will be changes to the starting times of the European races and the one in Brazil. “Research has indicated that a wider TV audience is reachable later in the afternoons, especially in the summer months. Consequently, it has been decided to move the schedule of every session back by one hour across the whole weekend for each of the above-mentioned Grands Prix”, they explain. The European Grands Prix, therefore, those held in Spain, Monaco, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and Italy, will start an hour and ten minutes later than the traditional 14:00.

Lastly, bearing in mind the Russia World Cup this summer, they have changed the times for the Free Practice sessions previous to the German and Hungarian Grands Prix.

The new times are as follows (local time in each country):

Grand Prix Friday Saturday Sunday
  FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifying Race Sundown
Australia 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10 19:24
Bahrain 14:00-15:30 18:00-19:30 15:00-16-00 18:00-19:00 18:10 17:57
China 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10 18:22
Azerbaijan 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10 19:33
Spain 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 21:01
Monaco 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 21:00
Canada 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10 20:42
France 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 16:10 21:22
Austria 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:57
Great Britain 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10 21:24
Germany 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:19
Hungary 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:22
Belgium 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:35
Italy 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 19:59
Singapore 16:30-18:00 20:30-22:00 18:00-19:00 21:00-22:00 20:10 19:03
Russia 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10 18:04
Japan 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10 17:30
United States 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 13:10 18:53
Mexico 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 10:00-11:00 13:00-14:00 13:10 18:04
Brazil 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 19:26
Abu Dhabi 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 17:10 17:33


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