Emilia Romagna GP: F1 moves Imola qualifying time to avoid clash with Prince Philip’s funeral

Qualifying at Imola now set for 1pm – one hour earlier than before – as “mark of respect” for Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral; Practice Three changes from 11am to 10am, while Friday practice brought forward by half an hour; Watch all this weekend’s action live on Sky F1

Formula 1 has confirmed that Saturday’s qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna GP will be brought forward an hour “as a mark of respect” for the funeral of Prince Philip.

Qualifying at Imola was previously scheduled to take place at 2pm BST on Saturday, April 17, finishing at 3pm – which is when the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be held in Windsor.

To avoid a clash, F1 has moved the one-hour session to 1pm, while Saturday’s final practice will also change from 11am to 10am.

In line with F1 regulations on gaps between practice, Friday’s Practice One and Two have been brought forward by half an hour.

Every session, including Sunday’s race which is unchanged at 2pm, is live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

Sky F1’s new live Emilia-Romagna GP schedule

Date and show On Air Session start
Friday, April 16
Practice One 9.30am 10am
Practice Two 1.15pm 1.30pm
Saturday, April 17
Practice Three 9.45am 10am
Qualifying 12pm 1pm
Sunday, April 18
The Emilia Romagna GP 12.30pm 2pm

In a joint statement from F1 and governing body the FIA, it was also confirmed that there would be a minute of silence for Prince Philip ahead of qualifying for people to show their respects.

Various F1 teams and drivers have already paid tribute to the duke, who passed away at the age of 99 last Friday.

F1 are not the only sport who have shifted their weekend schedule to avoid a clash with the funeral.

Sporting events across the UK have been rescheduled – including Premier League and EFL games, Premiership Rugby games and horse racing meetings.

Cricket County Championship games in the UK will be suspended from 2.50pm to 4.10pm.

https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/36695/12274204/emilia-romagna-gp-f1-moves-imola-qualifying-time-to-avoid-clash-with-prince-philips-funeral

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