Formula 1 is rearranging practices and qualifying sessions for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral as the sports world shifts plans regarding the late Duke of Edinburgh.
- Formula 1 has rescheduled the training and qualification for the Grand Prix at Imola
- The FIA says there will be no cars on the track at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral
- Prince Philip passed away last week and his funeral will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday
- Football matches, rugby matches and racing rallies have also been relocated
Formula 1 bosses have pushed qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix forward by an hour to avoid overlapping with the start of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The session now takes place between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday as a ‘sign of respect’ for the Prince, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99.
It’s unusual for F1 to bend its timetable to outside events, but Duke’s global standing is such that an exception has been made.
Formula 1 has rescheduled training and qualifying for the Imola Grand Prix this weekend
Qualifying takes place on Saturday between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, with practice being rescheduled in the morning
F1 IMOLA SCHEDULE
Practice one: 10 a.m.
Exercise two: 1.30 pm
Exercise three: 10:00 a.m.
Qualifying: 1 p.m.
Race: 2 p.m.
Seven of the 10 teams are based in the UK and F1 wanted to avoid the potential embarrassment of Sir Lewis Hamilton, a knight of the Empire, and his fellow drivers fighting for pole at the start of the funeral in Windsor.
The Duke, who was president-in-chief of the British Racing Drivers’ Club for 42 years, will be honored with a minute of silence before qualifying.
Friday times have also been changed in accordance with rules requiring final practice to begin no less than 19 hours after the end of the second practice.
The funeral at Windsor Castle begins with a national minute of silence at 3pm BST.
Mercedes’ seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who leads the championship, was crowned with a knighthood on the British honors list in December.
The British Queen Elizabeth took part in the first Grand Prix of the Formula 1 World Championship at Silverstone in 1950.
Formula 1 is joining football, rugby and horse racing events in Britain to be relocated to avoid clashing with the funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 on Friday, with his funeral on Saturday
And the FIA does not want any cars on the track at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral this weekend
Wolves’ Premier League game against Sheffield United has also been rescheduled
In the Premier League, the trip from Sheffield United to Molineux to include Wolves has been moved to an evening stage on Saturday, which was initially set to take place at 3 p.m. local time.
“As a sign of respect for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Premier League has moved the game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, to be played at 3pm on Saturday, April 17,” a statement said.
The English Football League also confirmed it would move all 3:00 PM kickoffs on Saturday, while Premiership Rugby said it also planned to move at least three of its four games that day.
Sportsmail understands there will be a minute’s silence for EFL matches over the next two weekends – and players will be wearing black armbands.
Cricket’s County Championship will also pause between 2:50 PM and 4:10 PM
The Coral Scottish National meeting in Ayr and the Dubai Duty Free Classic Trials in Newbury will take place next Sunday instead of in their original slot on Saturday, while The British Horseracing Authority said there will be no races on Saturday between 2:45 PM and 4:15 PM.
It is also expected that Manchester City’s FA Cup game against Chelsea will not start at a different time than the original 5.30pm start time.
County Championship games will pause for one hour and 20 minutes from 2:50 PM to 4:10 PM on Saturday as a sign of respect.
Meanwhile, the World Snooker Tour liaises with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Department regarding the World Championship, which kicks off Saturday in Sheffield.
WHICH SPORTY PACKAGES HAVE BEEN MOVED UP TO NOW?
Wolves v Sheffield United in the Premier League originally started at 3pm, but has now been moved to 8:15 pm.
The 32 games before 3 p.m. in the Championship, League One and League Two will take place at 12.30 p.m. or 5.30 p.m.
The National League has also confirmed that the kick-off will start at 3pm instead at 12.30pm
County Championship will pause between 2:50 PM and 4:10 PM, with 3:00 PM national silence on all grounds
The England and Wales Cricket Board has asked all recreational cricket clubs to follow suit
The British Horseracing Authority has agreed that no meetings will take place during the funeral, moving the Spring Trials in Newbury to Sunday.
The Scottish Grand National in Ayr has been moved to the same day
Sale’s v Gloucester and Exeter v Wasps will start at 12.30pm, while Newcastle v Bristol will start at 5pm, as will Harlequins v Worcester.
The training takes place on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., while the qualification starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.