Formula 1 has confirmed details of the starting times for all bar one of the rounds on its 23-race 2021 calendar.
European races will have a standard start time of 3pm. This includes the second round of the championship at Imola, the title of which is yet to be confirmed. It has replaced the Chinese Grand Prix, which has not yet been rescheduled.
The venue for the third round of the championship has not yet been confirmed. Portugal’s Autodromo do Algarve, which held the 12th round of last year’s reorganised calendar, is believed to be the preferred venue.
Most rounds will typically begin around 10 minutes earlier than their previous scheduled times as Formula 1 reverts to starting races on the hour, reversing a change which was made in 2018.
In a further change, Friday’s practice sessions will be cut from 90 minutes each to 60.
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2021 F1 race starting times
|Round||Date||Race||Circuit||Start time||Start time (UK)|
|1||28/03/2021||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||18:00||16:00|
|2||18/04/2021||TBC Grand Prix||Imola||15:00||14:00|
|3||02/05/2021||TBC Grand Prix||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|4||09/05/2021||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya||15:00||14:00|
|5||23/05/2021||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||15:00||14:00|
|6||06/06/2021||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||16:00||13:00|
|7||13/06/2021||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||14:00||19:00|
|8||27/06/2021||French Grand Prix||Paul Ricard||15:00||14:00|
|9||04/07/2021||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||15:00||14:00|
|10||18/07/2021||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||15:00||15:00|
|11||01/08/2021||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||15:00||14:00|
|12||29/08/2021||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps||15:00||14:00|
|13||05/09/2021||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||15:00||14:00|
|14||12/09/2021||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||15:00||14:00|
|15||26/09/2021||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||15:00||13:00|
|16||03/10/2021||Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore||20:00||13:00|
|17||10/10/2021||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka||14:00||06:00|
|18||24/10/2021||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||14:00||20:00|
|19||31/10/2021||Mexican Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||13:00||19:00|
|20||07/11/2021||Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||14:00||17:00|
|21||21/11/2021||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||17:00||06:00|
|22||05/12/2021||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah||19:00||16:00|
|23||12/12/2021||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina||17:00||13:00|
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18 comments on “F1 announces revised starting times for 22 rounds of 2021 season”
29th January 2021, 9:29
Is this table correct? The British GP track and UK time shouldn’t be different. Unless you have put all the UK times in GMT rather than BST (when applicable).
29th January 2021, 9:42
I was referring to the UK times specifically, not the table as a whole. Should have made that clearer.
On a side note, for me personally I find it easier to watch at 14:00 UK time so glad they didn’t do a full reversal to what they had before.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
29th January 2021, 16:11
@chimaera2003 Sorry for the confusion – that column originally showed GMT, rather than UK time, which of course switches between GMT and BST. That’s now been changed.
29th January 2021, 9:58
@chimaera2003 There indeed are errors. Misleading – either the local start times for the European events (other than the British GP) are incorrect, or the UK times are wrong, in which case, the reference should be GMT/UTC.
29th January 2021, 10:09
Even less important than the colour scheme of cars and Vettel’s hairstyle, but I’d prefer the 2nd reference to say ‘Starting Time (GMT)’ rather than ‘Starting Time (UK)’.
This site should deliver against it’s stated aspiration to be more global than focussed on the UK.
29th January 2021, 12:56
I see Zandvoort is at 15.00 and the UK time at 13.00 that is 2 hour diference and i am sure there is only 1 hour diference
between Holland and England. Or is there a summertime difference? normally that is only a few days for the extra +1 hour.
29th January 2021, 13:55
The last column is GMT, and consistent with the local times as far as I can see.
1st February 2021, 8:05
@coldfly, The times are fixed now I thought there was a mistake there. The last column was first 13.00 uur and is fixed to 14.00 uur.
1st February 2021, 8:37
They all changed, @macleod.
It was GMT before (and correct) and now all in UK times (BST where appropriate).
PS – I think it is ridiculous to refer to UK time on a site which pretends to be international, @KeithCollantine. GMT would be much more appropriate or any other ‘global’ time reference. Or alternatively include AET please.
29th January 2021, 9:52
I would have preferred a 2pm start in continental Europe.
3pm schedule means the race goes until 5pm and Sunday is scrapped.
Between a Hungarian GP and an afternoon with friends and family, choice is quickly made.
29th January 2021, 10:12
The only inconvenience I have is that the delayed streaming only start after the GP and prize giving has been finished.
29th January 2021, 14:54
@jeff1s Given the number of support races, having an extra hour to give extra flexibility to ensure these races finish (eg if longish red flag) is probably a good thing. Although if the plan to alternate F2 and F3 becomes a reality then this point is somewhat moot.
29th January 2021, 17:48
Agreed. In Italy, it meant that the start was right after lunch, and at 3.30/4pm you were free to enjoy the rest of your afternoon outside during spring/summer.
Moreover, 3pm overlaps with Serie A kick-off time for at least 3-4 matches.
While some years ago F1 was a good appetizer for casual fans, now it is in direct competition with the most popular sport in the country.
29th January 2021, 10:14
So the return for 14:00 local (for European races bar the British GP) didn’t happen after all, despite the reports at one point? Otherwise, there are some errors in the timings? British GP is also somewhat confusing.
As for the flyaways: I wish Saudi Arabia’s would be 18:00 (Bahrain-like) instead, or even 17:00 so that it’d be like the Abu Dhabi GP as the sunset times for Jeddah on December 3-5 is 17:40.
Canadian, Mexican, and Brazilian GP times are the same as before or in the recent past. US GP what it was supposed to be last year before COVID. The same for Azerbaijan.
Abu Dhabi and Singapore were clear cut cases in that nothing would change, while Bahrain likewise in that it’d be the hour of 18:00 as it’s been since 2014 except for last year.
For the Russian GP, the time is the same as in 2016 and 2017. I assume this is because of the reduction in maximum race time from four hours to three.
The Japanese GP was scheduled for 13:00(13:10) last year before COVID, but this year, it’s 14 again, which has been customary since 2015.
Finally, Australia: The same as in 2013, most recently. Probably because of later sunset times in the third-quarter of November than in the second half of March. The sunset time for November 21 is 20:16, so I could foresee this change.
29th January 2021, 10:20
Why is this confusing, @jerejj?
15:00 BST = 14:00 GMT
29th January 2021, 10:58
@coldfly Because at first glance, it seemed as if the local and UK times were different, as @chimaera2003 initially pointed out above. Nothing misleading to any extent if the reference texts were
‘Start time’ and ‘Start time (GMT)’ rather than ‘(UK)’ for the latter.
29th January 2021, 11:10
It is misleading as Start time UK will be subject to DST so basically all the times from races 1-19 are out by 1 hour.
It’d have been better to quote BST then only 4 would be wrong.
“Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day”
29th January 2021, 10:14
17:00 for Australia? Wasn’t that in 2009 and wasn’t really preferred?
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