Formula 1 racing is back this weekend and with it excitement from all F1 fans all over the world. The Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made in Italy e Dell’Emilia Romagna will take place this weekend in San Marino and news has been coming out since this Tuesday, with F1 and the FIA announcing a change in the timetables for the event in a press release.
“Qualifying will take place between 14:00–15:00 CET. As a result FP3 will move to 11:00–12:00 CET in order to comply with the regulations that state Qualifying must be 120 minutes after FP3.”
“On Friday FP2 will move to 14:30-15:30 CET and FP1 will move to 11:00-12:00 CET due to the rules requiring those sessions to be separated by at least two and a half hours and FP3 needing to start no less than nineteen hours after the end of FP2.”
This means Saturday sessions will start an hour sooner than originally planned and therefore, Friday sessions of FP1 and FP2 will move back 30 minutes.
The FIA and Formula 1 also dictated that these changes were made “as a mark of respect for the Royal funeral” that will be happening on Saturday evening, so “Qualifying will be moved to avoid a clash with the service.”
“Out of respect to the funeral service of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh that will take place on Saturday 17th April 2021.”
The news of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh broke past Friday, April 9th. It was announced then that the Royal Funeral will be this Saturday, with lots of pandemic restrictions being atypically held as it will only be possible for 30 persons to be there.
There will be a minute of silence ahead of Qualifying as a sign of respect from the F1 community.