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Formula 1 announces the 2019 race timings

F1 cars lining up on the grid after the formation lap
F1 cars lining up on the grid after the formation lap
Modified 16 Jan 2019

The starting times for every Formula 1 race in 2019 has been released.ย The season with 21 Grands Prix across five continents sets off with the opener in Albert Park, Melbourne. The schedule follows 2018's pattern, with every race beginning at ten past the hour in order to suit television audiences.

According to the research data, most viewers tune in at 00:00 to the dot, so that they don't miss the start. Hence, when they get to see the intro and the pre-race track action, it creates excitement. Most live F1 coverages will start their programs at the top of the hour and build up to the race.

F1 owners, Liberty Media, moved the start-times of races to 10 minutes past the hour to improve the experience of TV viewers. Announcing the change ahead of the 2018 season, F1 said:

'Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, 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.'

Mรฉxico Grand Prix and the United States Grand Prix start the earliest with a 1310 local time start while the Singapore Grand Prix begins furthest into the evening with a 2010 local time start, for obvious reasons of being a night race. All races in Europe start at 1510 local time, except for the British Grand Prix which begins an hour earlier.

The one difference this year compared to 2018 is that the French Grand Prix will start an hour earlier. The Formula One Management (FOM) has also continued with the policy of starting the races later than in the previous seasons for accommodating more viewers from around the world.

Published 16 Jan 2019, 12:19 IST
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