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Formula 1 announces start times for races for the 2021 season

(Motorsport-Total.com) - It is now clear when the Formula 1 races will start in the 2021 season: The racing series has published its starting times for all 23 Grand Prix this year - with the exception of the third round of the season on May 2nd whose venue has not yet been confirmed. And the big surprise is: There is no postponement back to 2 p.m. for the races in Europe this year.

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The start times were adjusted anyway: Instead of ten minutes past the hour, the Formula 1 races in the 2021 season will start again exactly on the hour. The delayed start of the race was introduced in 2018 in favor of TV reporting in order to enable the broadcasters to get started with their broadcast at low cost. This step has now been reversed.

There will only be deviations from the standard starting time of 3 p.m. in 2021 for races that are held outside of Europe. The Mexico Grand Prix in Mexico City has the earliest local start time at 1 p.m. local time, and the latest start of the race in Singapore at 8 p.m. local time.

Spectators in Europe have to get up early for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, which starts at 7 a.m. (CEST). The latest race start for European fans is at 9 p.m. (CEST) at the US Grand Prix.


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With Bahrain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, four Grands Prix are planned as night races or floodlit events, starting either in the dark or at dusk.

Despite the corona crisis, Formula 1 is sticking to its plan of holding 23 world championship races for the first time this year. Due to the pandemic, the season opener that was actually planned has already been postponed. The Formula 1 year is now set to begin on March 28, 2021 with the Bahrain Grand Prix and end on December 12, 2021 with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A race in Germany is not planned.

The Formula 1 start times 2021 at a glance:

March 28, 2021: Sachir / Bahrain - 5 p.m. (CEST)
April 18, 2021: Imola / Italy - 3 p.m. (CEST)
May 2nd, 2021: still open
05/09/2021: Barcelona / Spain - 3 p.m. (CEST)
May 23, 2021: Monte Carlo / Monaco - 3 p.m. (CEST)
06/06/2021: Baku / Azerbaijan - 2 p.m. (CEST)
06/13/2021: Montreal / Canada - 8 p.m. (CEST)
06/27/2021: Le Castellet / France - 3 p.m. (CEST)
July 4th, 2021: Spielberg / Austria - 3 p.m. (CEST)
07/18/2021: Silverstone / Great Britain - 4 p.m. (CEST)
08/01/2021: Budapest / Hungary - 3 p.m. (CEST)
08/29/2021: Spa / Belgium - 3 p.m. (CEST)
05.09.2021: Zandvoort / Netherlands - 3 p.m. (CEST)
12.09.2021: Monza / Italy - 3 p.m. (CEST)
09/26/2021: Sochi / Russia - 2 p.m. (CEST)
10/3/2021: Singapore - 2 p.m. (CEST)
10/10/2021: Suzuka / Japan - 7 a.m. (CEST)
10/24/2021: Austin / USA - 9 p.m. (CEST)
October 31, 2021: Mexico City / Mexico - 8 p.m. (CET)
07/11/2021: Sao Paulo / Brazil - 6 p.m. (CET)
11/21/2021: Melbourne / Australia - 7 a.m. (CET)
December 5th, 2021: Jeddah / Saudi Arabia - 5 p.m. (CET)
12/12/2021: Abu Dhabi - 2 p.m. (CET)