If you thought having F1 and the most prestigious race in the world clash on the same weekend, then prepare yourself for worse news.
This evening, the FIA confirmed that the qualifying and the race for this year’s European Grand Prix would be held at 18:00 Local Time. which is 15:00 central European Time. The time that the 24 hours of Le Mans will begin and end.
For the race, this isnt so bad as you will be able to see the winner come across the line before you switch to watch the F1. You may just catch the lights go out dependent on how slow the leader of Le Mans takes the last lap.
However, for qualifying, I don’t know what the FIA are doing. You are clashing qualifying with the start of Le mans! Seriously! They couldve put Qualifying two hours earlier and that wouldve been fine! No clash whatsoever with the Le Mans race!
Oh, and Royal Ascot.
Nightmare for Channel 4. Probably the greatest horse racing event of the year, and it will be also the last one on Channel 4 before the switch to ITV in 2017. Therefore F1 could be demoted to More4. I think F1 will lose a lot of viewers in qualifying and the race, not just in the UK, but worldwide, because of quali clashing with the start of Le mans, and would anyone really be up to watch a further 2 hours after the end of Le Mans.
So hereby i put forward my suggestion for the Baku weekend for Formula 1. (Note they are all local time for the event, which will be 4 hours ahead of Britain, or GMT+5)
Therefore it can gain more viewers, Channel 4 might be able to still show it on their main channel. Yes, i know, the start time of the Baku race has not changed, but there is little that can be done to that. It’d be getting late in Baku anyways and it would be quite an effort to put it in a normal European time zone position, because that would also cause little to assist the Baku race.
If someone could get this to the FIA that’d be amazing.