Grid girls gone, now there's 10 minutes of standing around.

Formula 1 bosses have revealed plans to change Grand Prix weekend timings as they set about trying to modernise the sport and make it more appealing to non-hardcore fans. 

The plans were widely reported as being under consideration last week, but now it has officially been announced that the entire weekend's timetable for European races is being shifted back in a bid to help attract a larger television audience.

Furthermore, the races will now start 10 minutes past the hour to allow broadcasters to better incorporate some of the pre-race build-up if their programming starts on the hour.

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A statement issued by F1 said: 'Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterise the minutes before the start of each grand prix.

'Thanks to this change, television viewers will be brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out.'

The French GP will also start at 4.10pm to avoid a clash with the World Cup group game between England and Panama.

F1 added: 'Other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the Fifa World Cup, to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters' events.'

The 2018 season is being seen by many as a stern test for whether new F1 owner Liberty Media is capable of handling the sport's complexities well. A new experience for television viewers has already been promised, and the sport trialled a number of initiatives during 2017 that could be rolled out on a wider basis in 2018, including an F1 demonstration that took place in London last July ahead of the British GP.

2018 F1 schedule

Event

FP1

FP2

FP3

Qualifying

Race

Australia

12:00-13:30

16:00-17:30

14:00-15:00

17:00-18:00

16:10

Bahrain

14:00-15:30

18:00-19:30

15:00-16-00

18:00-19:00

18:10

China

10:00-11:30

14:00-15:30

11:00-12:00

14:00-15:00

14:10

Azerbaijan

13:00-14:30

17:00-18:30

14:00-15:00

17:00-18:00

16:10

Spain

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Monaco *

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Canada

10:00-11:30

14:00-15:30

11:00-12:00

14:00-15:00

14:10

France

12:00-13:30

16:00-17:30

13:00-14:00

16:00-17:00

16:10

Austria

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Great Britain

10:00-11:30

14:00-15:30

11:00-12:00

14:00-15:00

14:10

Germany

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Hungary

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Belgium

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Italy

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Singapore

16:30-18:00

20:30-22:00

18:00-19:00

21:00-22:00

20:10

Russia

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

14:10

Japan

10:00-11:30

14:00-15:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

14:10

United States

10:00-11:30

14:00-15:30

13:00-14:00

16:00-17:00

13:10

Mexico

10:00-11:30

14:00-15:30

10:00-11:00

13:00-14:00

13:10

Brazil

11:00-12:30

15:00-16:30

12:00-13:00

15:00-16:00

15:10

Abu Dhabi

13:00-14:30

17:00-18:30

14:00-15:00

17:00-18:00

17:10

* FP1 takes place on Thursday

Source: Motorsport.com