The FIA has announced a timetable for the current 2021 F1 season that marks a return to full-hour race start times after the new owners of Formula 1 Liberty Media discontinued that practice in 2018.
One of the first moves by the Liberty Media Group was to move the start of the races from a full hour to an hour and 10 minutes, and instead of the traditional 14:00 Central European Time, the races started at 15:10.
Moving the race to one hour later was supposed to increase viewership in the U.S., and 10 minutes after a full hour, spectators were encouraged to watch the dramatic and hectic procedure ahead of each start.
But the mentioned changes were not popular in F1 rounds, so on the eve of this season, a return to the start of the race at full hour was voted.
Most European races will still start at 15:00 local time, and the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan is an exception starting at 16:00.
Another change for this season is a return to one-hour free practice on Fridays that has so far lasted an hour and a half.