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Imola session times moved back one hour

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14/04/2021

The times of the three practice sessions and qualifying at Imola this weekend have been moved back one hour out of respect to Prince Philip's funeral.

The times of the three practice sessions and qualifying at Imola this weekend have been moved back one hour out of respect to Prince Philip's funeral that takes place on Saturday 17th April.

As a mark of respect for the Royal funeral, qualifying will be moved to avoid a clash with the service.

This means qualifying will take place between 14:00 - 15:00 CET (12:00 - 13:00 GMT).

As a result FP3 will move to 11:00 - 12:00 CET (09:00 - 10:00 GMT) in order to comply with the regulations that state qualifying must be 120 minutes after FP3.

On Friday FP2 will move to 14:30 - 15:30 CET (12:30 - 13:30 GMT) and FP1 will move to 11:00 - 12:00 CET (09:00 - 10:00 GMT) due to the rules requiring those sessions to be separated by at least two and a half hours and FP3 needing to start no less than nineteen hours after the end of FP2.

The race will still go ahead as planned at 15:00 CET (13:00 GMT).

There will be a minute of silence ahead of qualifying as an opportunity for people to show their respect.

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1. Posted by TSGoodchild, 15/04/2021 9:47

"People seem to have forgotten that the Queen is head of state for 54 countries in the Commonwealth, and so this mark of respect is not just for the UK. Great to see F1 nod its respect in this way. "

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2. Posted by flyinglap, 14/04/2021 18:41

"Formula 1, although international in outlook, is pretty much anchored in Great Britain and therefore, the change of schedule and the minute of silence is the correct and indeed the decent thing to do. I would certainly not expect Sir Lewis 'taking the knee' on this occasion, and by the way it might be opportune for him to abstain from such displays for the remainder of the season as well; let it be sport from now on. RIP Prince Philip, Duke of Edinbourgh."

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3. Posted by Great_white_shark, 14/04/2021 4:45 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 14/04/2021 8:00)

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4. Posted by TokyoAussie, 14/04/2021 4:26

"Sounds crazy to me. Those that want to watch a funeral can do so on their phone or whatever. I'm not pro-royal or anti-royal, but his funeral and F1 have little or no connection."

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5. Posted by kenji, 14/04/2021 0:58

"Not that I mind the FP1 and FP2 sessions airing one hour earlier at all but why? The funeral is not until Saturday!! Now that's spooky...."

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6. Posted by Greg, 13/04/2021 13:50

"Could not they just change the time of quali and just ignore the rule. They seem to change other rules to suit so why not that one "

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7. Posted by Burton, 13/04/2021 12:53

"The more things change..."

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