Formula 1, together with the FIA, has revealed the starting times for the 21 Grands Prix of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

There are two main changes to 2017’s structure. The first is that on Sunday the race will start at ten minutes past the hour. 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.

The second change is to the European and Brazilian race weekends. Research has indicated that a wider TV audience is reachable later in the afternoons, especially in the summer months. Consequently, it has been decided to move the schedule of every session back by one hour across the whole weekend for each of the above-mentioned Grands Prix.

Other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup, to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters’ events.

2018 F1 schedule

Race FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifying Race
Australian Grand Prix 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10
Bahrain Grand Prix 14:00-15:30 18:00-19:30 15:00-16:00 18:00-19:00 18:10
Chinese Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10
Azerbaijan Grand Prix 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 16:10
Spanish Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Monaco Grand Prix* 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Canadian Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10
French Grand Prix 12:00-13:30 16:00-17:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 16:10
Austrian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
British Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 11:00-12:00 14:00-15:00 14:10
German Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Hungarian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Belgian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Italian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Singapore Grand Prix 16:30-18:00 20:30-22:00 18:00-19:00 21:00-22:00 20:10
Russian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10
Japanese Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 14:10
United States Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:00 16:00-17:00 13:10
Mexican Grand Prix 10:00-11:30 14:00-15:30 10:00-11:00 13:00-14:00 13:10
Brazilian Grand Prix 11:00-12:30 15:00-16:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-16:00 15:10
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 13:00-14:30 17:00-18:30 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 17:10