Minor changes to US GP Saturday schedule

Minor changes have been made to the Formula One schedule for the United States Grand Prix on Saturday, Sept. 27 to better accommodate worldwide television viewers, FIA and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Sept. 17. Formula One...

Minor changes have been made to the Formula One schedule for the United States Grand Prix on Saturday, Sept. 27 to better accommodate worldwide television viewers, FIA and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Sept. 17.

Formula One free practice sessions will take place from 8-8:45 a.m. and 9:15-10 a.m. (EST, -5 hours GMT) Saturday, one hour earlier than previously scheduled. The qualifying warm-up will take place from 12:30-12:45 p.m., with the second, single-lap qualifying session from 1-2 p.m., both sessions one hour earlier than previously scheduled.

"Worldwide attention on this fascinating and exciting Formula One season continues to grow, and all eyes will be focused on Indianapolis during the United States Grand Prix weekend," said Joie Chitwood, senior vice president of business affairs for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Because of the strong interest in this event and the F1 title chase, the FIA has made slight changes to the Saturday schedule so qualifying can be broadcast in prime time throughout Europe."

"It was important to us not to make a change to the schedule that would have a negative impact on the fans attending the event. These changes are minimal enough that it should be a win-win for everyone."

The Race Day schedule for Sunday, Sept. 28, is unchanged. The fourth United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis will start at 1 p.m. on the 2.605-mile road circuit.

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