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F1 has released a largely unchanged race timings for the 2020 season with the opening race kicking off proceedings in Melbourne, Australia, on 15 March.

The timings of sessions – Free Practice 1, FP2, FP3, qualifying and the race – remain largely unchanged apart from the race start times of six rounds. Only the Japan GP remains TBC.

The new timing schedule was released by Liberty Media in 2018 with the race time altered to suit a US audience and to help broadcasters to start their coverage on the hour.

Several GPs saw their start time pushed back by one hour with additional 10 minutes added to all of the F1 races to help with the broadcasting programme.

The move hasn't been welcomed by everyone Audiences in Australia and Asia will have more late nights. At the same time, the changed time did not sit well with all of the European fans as it ate up their holiday.

In totality, there were several pros and cons to the altered times but they are to stay in 2020 as well as being confirmed by F1. Looking at the changes, for China, Canada and Mexico, it is not for the whole weekend but limited to only selected sessions.

For the Chinese GP, the FP1, FP2, FP3 and Qualifying will start one hour later than what it took place in 2019, but the race start time remains the same. As for the Canadian GP, only FP1 and FP2 see the change with the sessions starting one hour later than 2019.

It is similar case for Mexico GP, where only FP1 and FP2 will see a change, with the sessions to start one hour later than 2019. For US GP, only the race start time will change with it starting one our later, while Brazil GP will start one hour before than 2019.

The only weekend to see a full change is British GP, where all the sessions including the race start time, will be one hour later than 2019.

Full race schedule of the 2020 F1 season – includes altered times (all local time):

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[Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool] [Note: This story was written by me on FormulaRapida.net]

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