2018 Formula 1 season’s race weekend schedule announced

Formula 1®, together with the FIA, announces the starting times for the 21 Grands Prix of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The schedule is as follows:

Grand Prix Friday Saturday Sunday
  FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifying Race Sunset
Australia 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10 19:24
Bahrain 14:00-15:30 18:00-19:30 15:00-16-00 18:00-19:00 18:10 17:57
China 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10 18:22
Azerbaijan 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10 19:33
Spain 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 21:01
Monaco* 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 21:00
Canada 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10 20:42
France 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 16:10 21:22
Austria 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:57
Great Britain 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10 21:24
Germany 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:19
Hungary 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:22
Belgium 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 20:35
Italy 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 19:59
Singapore 16:30-18:00 20:30-22:00 18:00-19:00 21:00-22:00 20:10 19:03
Russia 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10 18:04
Japan 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10 17:30
United States 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 13:10 18:53
Mexico 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 10:00-11:00 13:00-14:00 13:10 18:04
Brazil 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10 19:26
Abu Dhabi 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 17:10 17:33

*Free practice on Thursday

 

There are two main changes to the 2017 times. The first is that on Sunday the race will start ten minutes past the hour. Usually, broadcasters go on air precisely at the hour hence they miss the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each Grand Prix. Thanks to this change, television spectators will be brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go off.

The second change is with the European and Brazilian race weekends. Research has indicated that a wider TV audience is reachable later in the afternoons, especially in the summer months. Consequently, it has been decided to move the schedule of each session, across the whole weekend, by one hour later for the above-mentioned Grands Prix.

Other minor adjustments have been done in order to avoid clashes with 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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Notes to editors:

Norman Howell, Director of Communications, Formula 1

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