2021 F1 Grand Prix start times confirmed - including a return to races starting on the hour
The start times for each of the confirmed races on the 2021 F1 calendar have been revealed, with Grands Prix once again starting on the hour instead of ten minutes past, as was the case last year.
The Formula 1 season will officially kick off in Bahrain on March 26 with Friday's opening free practice session beginning at 1430 local time. Both FP1 and FP2 have traditionally been 90 minutes apiece, but from this season onwards they will be reduced to 60 minutes each – the same as Saturday's FP3 session.
That one-hour reduction in practice time will force the teams to cram in more on-track action to get their cars in the set-up sweet spot for qualifying and the race.
The full list of race start times can be seen in the table below. For a complete list, with practice and qualifying times included, click here.
RACE START TIMES - 2021
|GRAND PRIX||DATE||Local Time||UTC|
|Italy - Imola||April 18||1500||1300|
|Great Britain||July 18||1500||1400|
|Italy - Monza||September 12||1500||1300|
|United States||October 24||1400||1900|
|Saudi Arabia||December 5||1900||1600|
|Abu Dhabi||December 12||1700||1300|