Formula 1 will return to the old race start times for the European races at two o’clock in the afternoon local time, as opposed to the previous time which was ten minutes after three o’clock introduced in 2018.
The new owners of Formula 1 Liberty Media, in an effort to increase viewership, moved the start of European races from 14:00 to 15:10, and they believed that this would also help to increase the numbers for the American audience.
Also, a ten-minute shift after a full hour has been introduced for spectators to watch ten minutes before the start of the race in which the last hectic preparations for the start of the race are taking place.
But the postponement has its negative consequences because the teams had to pack up later to leave the track, and the return to the old term is supported by all teams, reports Autosport.
As for the dates of races outside Europe, they will be adapted to the situation, but they should also start at full hour instead of ten minutes after full hour as before.
The change should be confirmed soon and officially announced by the FIA and Formula 1.
Another important change in the weekend format is the return to shorter free practice sessions on Fridays, which will last 60 instead of 90 minutes.