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F1 announces weekend schedule changes for all 2018 grands prix

Autosport logo Autosport 01/02/2018 Jonathan Noble
F1 announces weekend schedule change for 2018 © LAT Images F1 announces weekend schedule change for 2018

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.

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 later than usual - 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."

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