F1 announces weekend schedule changes for all 2018 grands prix

Formula 1 chiefs have announced there will be a shake-up of the weekend schedule this year, as predicted by Autosport last week, with many European races now starting at 3.10pm

F1 announces weekend schedule changes for all 2018 grands prix

As Liberty sets about its overhaul of grand prix racing, F1 has announced the biggest shake-up in the F1 schedule for years.

As reported last week, the entire weekend timetable at European races will be shifted back in a bid to help attract a larger television audience.

The races will now start 10 minutes past the hour, to allow broadcasters to better incorporate the pre-race build-up if their programming starts on the hour.

A statement issued by F1 said: "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.

"Thanks to this change, television viewers will be brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out."

The French Grand Prix will also start at 4.10pm local time to avoid a clash with the World Cup group game between England and Panama.

F1 added: "Other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup, to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters' events."

2018 F1 schedule

Race FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifying Race
Australian Grand Prix 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10
Bahrain Grand Prix 14:00-15:30 18:00-19:30 15:00-16:00 18:00-19:00 18:10
Chinese Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10
Azerbaijan Grand Prix 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10
Spanish Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Monaco Grand Prix* 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Canadian Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10
French Grand Prix 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 16:10
Austrian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
British Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10
German Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Hungarian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Belgian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Italian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Singapore Grand Prix 16:30-18:00 20:30-22:00 18:00-19:00 21:00-22:00 20:10
Russian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10
Japanese Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10
United States Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 13:10
Mexican Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 10:00-11:00 13:00-14:00 13:10
Brazilian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 17:10

*FP1, FP2 on Thursday

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