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F1 rearranges Imola GP timetable to avoid clash with funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip · RaceFans


Components 1 will convey ahead the beginning of apply and qualifying classes for this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix to keep away from a conflict with the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip on Saturday.

The funeral is because of happen at 3pm British time on Saturday. Qualifying was initially scheduled for 2pm GMT, that means its conclusion would seemingly have coincided with the start of the funeral. F1 has revised its timetable to scale back the potential of that occuring.

The race weekend was initially scheduled to start on Friday with first apply at 11:30am and second apply at 3pm native time in Italy, whereas on Saturday third apply was down for 12pm. These occasions have now come ahead, permitting qualifying to maneuver from 3pm native to 2pm, which is 1pm within the UK

All three apply classes final 60 minutes this yr, with the primary two having been shortened from 90 minutes. Friday’s schedule is being adjusted as a result of the F1 sporting laws state third apply should begin “at least 19 hours after the tip of P2, [and] will happen the day earlier than the race”.

There will probably be no change to the beginning time of Sunday’s race, which can start at 3pm native time, 2pm within the UK.

RaceFans understands some broadcasters had been eager for F1 to maneuver qualifying to make sure it concluded early sufficient that its protection of the motion at Imola might be wrapped up earlier than the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving royal consort begins.

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and a World Conflict II veteran in addition to former president-in-chief of the British Racing Drivers’ Membership for 42 years, died on the age of 99 final Friday.

The protection of the prince’s dying has change into a delicate matter in Britain. The BBC acquired a report variety of complaints after it dropped its scheduled programming from a number of channels on Friday to run steady tributes and reactions within the instant wake of his dying.

F1 will even maintain a minute of silence earlier than qualifying begins out of respect for the late prince.

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Up to date 2021 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix session occasions

Friday sixteenth April 2021

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Free Observe 1: 11:00-12:00 (UK time: 10:00-11:00)
Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Free Observe 2: 14:30-15:30 (UK time: 13:30-14:30)

Saturday seventeenth April 2021

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Free Observe 3: 11:00-12:00 (UK time: 10:00-11:00)
Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying: 14:00 (UK time: 13:00)

Notice: The deadline for entries for the RaceFans F1 Predictions Championship has additionally been introduced ahead by an hour.

Sunday 18th April 2021

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix: 15:00 (UK time: 14:00)

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