Formula One grands prix will begin on the hour once more this season, somewhat than 10 minutes previous, after scrapping a earlier timetable supposed to give broadcasters extra time to construct pleasure.
The resolution, introduced on Friday by the governing FIA and Liberty Media-owned Formula One, reverses a change launched in 2018.
Formula One stated the transfer would assist groups with time pressures on race day and simplify the schedule. The majority of European races will begin at 1500 native.
Friday’s two free apply classes will now every be one hour lengthy, the identical as the one on Saturday, as a substitute of 90 minutes.
“That one-hour reduction in practice time will force the teams to cram in more on-track action to get their cars in the set-up sweet spot for qualifying and the race,” the official Formula One web site stated.
The sport had justified the swap to beginning at 10 minutes previous in 2018 on the grounds that broadcasters tended to go reside on the hour and missed “the tension and emotion that characterise the minutes before the start.
“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,” it defined then.
The 23-race season opens in Bahrain on March 28 with a floodlit grand prix beginning after sundown.
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