Five races get earlier start time in 2015

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Five Formula 1 races will start earlier than usual in 2015 as a reaction to Jules Bianchi's accident in last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

While the FIA's accident panel did not blame fading light for Bianchi's accident, they indicated that future races should start with a four hour window prior to sunset in order to avoid a situation arising.

Formula 1 races in the Far East have traditionally started late in the afternoon in order to aid Television coverage in Europe, but five events will start an hour earlier than their 2014 counterparts.

The season opening Australian Grand Prix will begin at 4pm local time (5am GMT), with the following round in Malaysia starting at 3pm local (8am GMT).

The third race, held in China, will begin at 2pm local time (7am GMT) while Japan's race will also begin at 2pm (5am GMT).

Russia's event will now start at 2pm (11am GMT) after officials opted not to change the race to a night affair.


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