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Races set to revert to 14:00 start time

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06/01/2021

Just days into the job, new F1 boss Stefano Domenicali is already making his presence felt as race start times are set to return to the original 14:00 kick-off.

Other than the logo and theme tune, one of the first moves Liberty Media made on securing control of F1 was to change race start times from the traditional 14:00 to 15:10.

The move, which was introduced in 2018, was intended to aid broadcasters in their preparations for the event whilst also making them a little more (time) friendly for fans in the sport's new owner's back yard.

“Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour," said F1 at the time, explaining the decision, "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."

However, while the added ten minutes only meant more time for broadcasters to fill, the decision to hold races an hour later merely added to teams already increasing workloads in terms of pack-up times for the teams which were already anticipating the prospect of more races.

It's understood that though the move has yet to be officially ratified, the teams have agreed to the plan which would see all European races get underway at 14:00 local time, while events outside Europe will continue to be scheduled for a time likely to draw the biggest audience share.

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1. Posted by TON, 16/01/2021 11:13

"I loved the new times as in [ Oz ] for me most races would start about 10.40pm and Finnish around midnight . I could watch without distraction tucked up in bed
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2. Posted by trackrecords, 06/01/2021 20:07

"That "pulling myself together" factor is going to be a factor at t BGP especially...

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3. Posted by Chris Roper, 06/01/2021 20:04

"@ The Editor:

Our Time zone is GMT+2 United Arab Emirates is GMT+4 so a 14:00 start there is 12 noon here.
I tend to stay up late and sleep in, but not that late :)"

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4. Posted by nash, 06/01/2021 17:35

"The 10 past the hour is pretty good. 5 past would also work. On the hour is annoying."

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5. Posted by Editor, 06/01/2021 16:00

"@ Chris Roper

That's assuming - taking Abu Dhabi as an example - you've woken up."

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6. Posted by Chris Roper, 06/01/2021 15:56

"And in South Africa The races will now finish in time for me to watch the after show and still join the family for the evening meal."

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7. Posted by kenji, 06/01/2021 13:18

"Love it! What a great idea. Living here in the 'outer limits' [ Oz ] it will make a big difference as most races are held late at night, too late at night sometimes. Bring it on....oh and louder engines as well haha."

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