This year’s Formula 1 Grands Prix will run to new schedules as part of a continued evolution of Formula 1 by its commercial rights holder, Liberty Media.
Race start times will now occur at 10 minutes past the hour to allow TV broadcasters who don’t run a full pre-race build-up in their telecasts. This will see “television viewers … brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out”, a statement from F1 explained.
“Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each Grand Prix.”
Some specific races this year have had their schedules altered to avoid clashes with other major sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup finals, or “to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters’ events”, the statement explained.
All of the Europe-based Grands Prix timetables will be pushed back by at least one hour, which should help attract a larger television audience.
One example is the French Grand Prix – returning to the calendar after a 10-year absence – which will start at 4:10pm local time to avoid clashing with the World Cup group game between England and Panama.
The confirmed schedule reads as follows:
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