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Formula 1 start times largely unchanged for 2019

Daniel Herrero

Wednesday 16th January, 2019 - 10:39am

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The French Grand Prix is the only event for which the race start time will change

Formula 1 has left race start times virtually unchanged for 2019, after the introduction of later starts last year.

Start times for most of the European races which make up the spine of the season will remain at 2310 AEST/0110 NZST.

Those races were pushed back an hour and 10 minutes for 2018, in the hope of attracting more viewers and to assist television networks with programming.

The French Grand Prix is the only race to change again, coming forward to align with the other traditional European events after being held at 1610 local last year in order to avoid a clash with a FIFA World Cup fixture.

Bahrain moves even deeper into the morning for Australian and New Zealand viewers as it now falls within daylight savings time, but the United States GP starts at a more sociable hour as it falls outside local daylight savings.

The clash between the Japanese Grand Prix and the latter stages of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 persists, on October 13.

Albert Park’s official start time remains at 1610 AEDT, a slot it has held since 2015.

Event FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifying Race Race NSW/VIC
Australia 1200-1330 1600-1730 1400-1500 1700-1800 1610 1610
Bahrain 1400-1430 1800-1930 1500-1600 1800-1900 1810 0210
China 1000-1130 1400-1530 1100-1200 1400-1500 1410 1610
Azerbaijan 1300-1430 1700-1830 1400-1500 1700-1800 1610 2210
Spain 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Monaco* 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Canada 1000-1130 1400-1530 1100-1200 1400-1500 1410 0410
France 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Austria 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Great Britain 1000-1130 1400-1530 1100-1200 1400-1500 1410 2310
Germany 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Hungary 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Belgium 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Italy 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 2310
Singapore 1630-1800 2030-2200 1800-1900 2100-2200 2010 2210
Russia 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1410 2110
Japan 1000-1130 1400-1530 1200-1300 1500-1600 1410 1610
Mexico 1000-1130 1400-1530 1000-1100 1300-1400 1310 0610
United States 1100-1230 1500-1630 1300-1400 1600-1700 1310 0610
Brazil 1100-1230 1500-1630 1200-1300 1500-1600 1510 0410
Abu Dhabi 1300-1430 1700-1830 1400-1500 1700-1800 1710 0010

* FP1, FP2 on Thursday

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