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:
*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.
Notes to editors:
Norman Howell, Director of Communications, Formula 1
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