Qualification for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Saturday will be advanced by one hour. Formula One did this out of homage to the British Prince Philip, who died last Friday at the age of 99. He will be buried next Saturday.
By moving the qualifications from 3 pm to 2 pm, Prince Philip’s funeral will not overlap. There will be one minute of silence before the qualifying starts.
The plan change in Imola means that the third free practice will be transferred from 12 noon to 11 am, as there must be two hours between the practice and qualifying.
On Friday, the first two exercises were advanced by half an hour, which means they started at 11 am and 2:30 pm. This is also related to the rules: there should be no less than 19 hours between the end of the second practice and the beginning of the third practice.
The Formula One drivers are participating in the second race of the season in Italy. About 2.5 weeks ago, Bahrain’s Max Verstappen missed the victory despite his outstanding performance. The world champion Lewis Hamilton was just before him.
The start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday will not change: the drivers will start at 3pm.