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Las Vegas GP late start remains unchanged as F1 confirm 2024 start times

The 2024 calendar timings have been confirmed.

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F1 reveal its 2024 timing schedule with Las Vegas remaining unchanged after several complaints about its brutal timings.

The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix around the strip. Photo credits: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images
The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix around the strip. Photo credits: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images

F1’s 2024 season is packed with 24 races and six sprints. This year will be the longest season in F1 history, with China returning to the calendar after four seasons due to COVID restrictions.

The season will start with two back-to-back Saturday evening races in the Middle East, the change in days is due to Ramadan taking place in Jeddah on Sunday. Practice will be moved to Thursday with Qualifying taking place on Friday.

The first race of the season will take place on March 2nd with the race starting at 3 pm (UK time). The following week in Jeddah, the same weekend format will be used with the race starting at 5 pm (UK time).

No changes for Las Vegas

Last season saw the inaugural F1 race around the Las Vegas strip. The weekend itself was negatively spoken about due to the timings for the weekend.

The first practice session was red flagged after only nine minutes of track time due to Carlos Sainz going over a water valve which wasn’t securely put on.

The session was put on hold until 2:30 am (local time), fans who paid for a ticket to the practice session were told they weren’t allowed to watch any of the track action due to how late it was and staff restrictions.

The session finished around 4 am in the morning, Christian Horner spoke out about this brutal schedule for not only the drivers but the personnel and hoped for future timings to be less harsh:

“It’s been a brutal weekend for everyone behind the scenes and I think we need to look at how we can improve that for the future.”

Though F1 haven’t yet released the timings for its Thursday and Friday sessions, what has been confirmed is that the race itself will still be held at 10 pm (local time) – which already caused commotion last year as locals who lived in the area complained they would be hearing the event until the early hours on Sunday morning.

Las Vegas will be the first weekend in the final triple header of the year, with teams travelling to Qatar the following week where they will have to endure a brutal 11-hour time difference.

Slight changes for the calendar

The six sprint races which will take place in, China, Miami, Austria, Texas, Brazil and Qatar are yet to be confirmed. This is due to F1 trying to find ways to improve the schedule.

The other slight change is for UK viewers, the Australian Grand Prix will be taking place at 4 am instead of 6 am, this is due to daylight saving time changes.

The rest of the calendar times stay relatively unchanged, however, Miami will take place at 4 pm local time instead of 3:30 pm. The full calendar times can be found here.

Featured image credits: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images

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