Why does the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral change the times in Italy?

Jose Carlos Carabias



In Italy, in the heart of Emilia Romagna, so close to the Ferrari house (Maranello) that the walk becomes almost inevitable to get to know the town that gives its name to the ‘rampant horse’, Formula 1 decides to change its schedule format to avoid the coincidence with the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Friday at the age of 99 and who will be buried in the British Chapel of St George, in Windsor. Formula 1 has English essences, British team headquarters, and a ‘British’ soul despite its image of universality.

Out of respect for the funeral to be held in England, the grand prize to be held in Italy advances Saturday’s classification to 2:00 p.m. and varies free practice 3 from 11:00 to 12:00 for the same reason. The race remains as it was, on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Six of the ten Formula 1 teams are based in the United Kingdom (not the case of Ferrari, AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo and Haas), in the vicinity of the Silverstone circuit. Most of the engineers and managers of the teams are British. The competition schedule, your meal regimen between 12 noon and 1pm, it is purely ‘British’.

The North American company that owns F1, Liberty Media, has its operations center and offices in central London. The British media are the vast majority in this sport, far above any other nationality.

Also the uses and customs are British. It is famous the moment in which the Rugby World Cup he took over the press room in an F1 grand prix because the England team was playing an important game. Of course, the official language of F1 is English.

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Other personalities from politics, royalty and other areas of life have died in recent years (Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Prince Consort Henry of Denmark, Kofi Annan), and no schedules were changed in Formula 1. Before, now and it seems that always, F1 is British.

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