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HONG KONG, HONG KONG - DECEMBER 02: In this handout from FIA Formula E - Jean Eric Vergne (FRA), TECHEETAH, Renault Z.E. 17, leads Nick Heifeld (GER), Mahindra Racing, Mahindra M4Electro, at the start of the race during the Hong Kong ePrix, Round 1 of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Series at the Central Harbourfront Circuit on December 02, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

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LONDON (AP) Formula One has made two changes to the weekend time schedule for its 21 races this season.

The races will all start at 10 minutes past the hour, with most of the European events beginning at 3:10 p.m.

F1 says the decision was made to better suit television schedules because ”broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each grand prix.”

The weekend timetable at European and Brazilian races will also be shifted back an hour in a bid to help attract a larger television audience.

F1 says ”other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup.”

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