Formula 1 reverts to conventional start time; shorten starting practice time

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Formula 1 races will revert to starting at the top of the hour in the 2021 season, the sport has formally confirmed, while Friday practice track time has been cut by an hour.

Grands Prix had started 10 minutes past the hour since 2018 but that change has now been reversed for the new season.

Meanwhile, Friday’s two practice sessions will now each run to an hour in length instead of the traditional 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Friday’s two practice sessions will now each run to an hour in length instead of the traditional 90 minutes.

Most European races will start at 3pm local time, which is 2pm for UK viewers on Sky Sports F1 (the British GP will start at 3pm local).

When do the F1 races start in 2021?

DateGrand PrixUK race start
March 28Bahrain GP4pm
April 18Emilia-Romagna GP2pm
May 2TBCTBC
May 9Spanish GP2pm
May 23Monaco GP2pm
June 6Azerbaijan GP1pm
June 13Canadian GP7pm
June 27French GP2pm
July 4Austrian GP2pm
July 18British GP3pm
August 1Hungarian GP2pm
August 29Belgian GP2pm
September 5Dutch GP2pm
September 12Italian GP2pm
September 26Russian GP1pm
October 3Singapore GP1pm
October 10Japanese GP6am
October 24United States GP8pm
October 31Mexican GP7pm
November 7Brazilian GP5pm
November 21Australian GP6am
December 5Saudi Arabia GP4pm
December 12Abu Dhabi GP1pm

F1 is planning for a 23-round season but the third round, which was originally meant to be China, remains to be confirmed. Portugal is considered the front-runner.

Bahrain opens the 2021 campaign on March 28, with their event to run in the evening under floodlights as usual. The season-opener will start at 4pm UK time.

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