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Sport Prince Philip: Hamilton backs F1 qualifying switch to avoid clash

02:26  16 april  2021
02:26  16 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Formula One has altered the timings of this weekend’s practice and qualifying sessions at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix out of respect to the funeral service of Prince Philip , which will take place in the U.K. on Saturday afternoon. A minute of silence will also be held ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session at Imola in memory of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Lewis Hamilton in action at the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images. “As a mark of respect for the royal funeral, qualifying will be moved to avoid a clash with the service,” an FIA statement said.

Formula 1 has tweaked the Saturday schedule for the Emilia Romagna GP to avoid clashing with the funeral service of Prince Philip . The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 last Friday, with the British Royal funeral taking place at St George's Chapel at Windsor on 3pm this Saturday. A minute's silence will also be held ahead of qualifying at Imola to provide F 1 with "an opportunity for people to show their respects". The Sunday schedule for the Emilia Romagna GP remains unchanged, with the second race of the 2021 F 1 world championship season starting at 3 pm CET (2 pm BST).

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Sir Lewis Hamilton has welcomed Formula One's decision to move qualifying forward at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola to avoid a clash with the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

The seven-time world champion, who won the tight opening race in Bahrain three weeks ago, is vying with Red Bull's Max Verstappen as favourite to take pole this weekend in locked-down Italy.

After hearing qualifying will be accelerated to a 1pm BST start on Saturday, the Briton said: 'I don't see the change being a problem. The Duke was such a racing fan and it is so sad to hear of his passing.

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Formula 1 has confirmed that Saturday’s qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna GP will be brought forward an hour “as a mark of respect” for the funeral of Prince Philip . From Sky Sports. Qualifying at Imola was previously scheduled to take place at 2pm BST on Saturday, April 17, finishing at 3pm F 1 are not the only sport who have shifted their weekend schedule to avoid a clash with the funeral. Sporting events across the UK have been rescheduled – including Premier League and EFL games, Premiership Rugby games and horse racing meetings. Cricket County Championship games in the

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a close up of a person wearing a costume: Sir Lewis Hamilton believes the right decision has been made to change qualifying timings at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola this weekend as a sign of respect to the Royal Family © Provided by Daily Mail Sir Lewis Hamilton believes the right decision has been made to change qualifying timings at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola this weekend as a sign of respect to the Royal Family Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie: The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday at the age of 99, with his funeral on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday at the age of 99, with his funeral on Saturday

'He had a really great long life and I know he was really committed to having an impact and helping young people.


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'He has left an inspiring legacy behind, and my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the family.

'I hope we can continue to race and I am sure he will be watching from above.'

Hamilton, aiming to eclipse Michael Schumacher's joint record of seven world titles, added: 'I have positive feelings with the result in Bahrain and a good outlook on the weekend.

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Formula 1 has confirmed that Saturday's qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna GP will be brought forward an hour "as a mark of respect" for the funeral of Prince Philip . Qualifying at Imola was previously set for 2pm this Saturday but has been moved to 1pm; Practice Three changes from 11am to 10am, while Friday practice brought forward by half an hour; Watch all this weekend's action live on Sky Sports F 1 .

Formula 1 has confirmed that Saturday's qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna GP will be brought forward an hour "as a mark of respect" for the funeral of Prince Philip . Qualifying at Imola was previously scheduled to take place at 2pm BST on Saturday, April 17, finishing at 3pm - which is F 1 are not the only sport who have shifted their weekend schedule to avoid a clash with the funeral. Sporting events across the UK have been rescheduled - including Premier League and EFL games, Premiership Rugby games and horse racing meetings. Cricket County Championship games in the

'Red Bull have started off really well with a great package and Max is driving well, too, so it is set up for a good season.'

a car driving on a city street: Formula One has rescheduled practice and qualifying for this weekend's Imola Grand Prix © Provided by Daily Mail Formula One has rescheduled practice and qualifying for this weekend's Imola Grand Prix

WHICH SPORTING FIXTURES HAVE BEEN MOVED SO FAR?

Football

Wolves v Sheffield United in the Premier League was originally a 3pm start, but now has been rescheduled for 8:15pm

The 32 fixtures set for 3pm in the Championship, League One and League Two will take place at either 12:30pm or 5:30pm

The National League has also confirmed its 3pm kick-offs will instead start at 12:30pm

Cricket

County Championship set to pause between 2:50pm and 4:10pm, with the 3pm national silence observed across all grounds

The England and Wales Cricket Board has asked all recreational cricket clubs to follow suit

Racing

The British Horseracing Authority have agreed to no meetings will take place during the funeral, moving the Spring Trials at Newbury to Sunday

The Scottish Grand National at Ayr has been moved to the same day

Rugby

Sale's v Gloucester and Exeter v Wasps will kick off at 12:30pm, while Newcastle v Bristol will kick off at 5pm, as will Harlequins v Worcester

Formula One

Practice will take place between 10am and 11am on Saturday morning, while qualifying will begin at 1pm and finish at 2pm.

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