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Chinese GP 2024: Schedule and F1 Start Times

Find out when the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix takes place, including the F1 session times for practice, Sprint Race, Qualifying and Sunday's race


The 2024 Chinese Grand Prix sees the Formula 1 head back to China for the first time in five years, drawing fans to the illustrious Shanghai International Circuit, which is a venue rich in both spectacle and challenge for the drivers.

From the outset of the F1 Chinese GP weekend, teams and drivers will be rigorously tested as they only have one practice session, given the new Sprint Race format which makes its debut in China. The Sprint Qualifying follows FP1, offering a fast-paced prelude to the intense Sprint Race slated for the next day.

Set against the backdrop of Shanghai’s modern metropolis, the challenges of the Shanghai International Circuit will be a comprehensive test for the drivers and with the new format in mind, here is a comprehensive guide to the schedule and start times for the 2024 Chinese GP, ensuring fans worldwide don’t miss a second of the action.

2024 Chinese GP Session Times and Dates

Round 5 of the 2024 F1 season sees the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix back on the calendar. Below, find the complete schedule for the Chinese GP Spint Race weekend, including session times for viewers in the USA, the UK, Canada, as well as local time in Australia.

SessionDateAus. (AEST)UK (BST)US (ET)US (PT)
Practice 1Friday, Apr 1913:30 – 14:3004:30 – 05:3023:30 – 20:30*20:30 – 21:30*
Sprint QualifyingFriday, Apr 1917:30 – 18:1508:30 – 09:1503:30 – 04:1500:30 – 01:15
Sprint RaceSaturday, Apr 2013:00 – 14:0004:00 – 05:0023:00 – 00:00*20:00 – 21:00*
QualifyingSaturday, Apr 2017:00 – 18:0008:00 – 09:0003:00 – 04:0000:00 – 01:00
Grand PrixSunday, Apr 2117:0008:0003:0000:00
Shanghai International Circuit | Formula 1
Shanghai International Circuit | Formula 1

Friday, April 19 – Practice and Sprint Qualifying

  • Practice 1: Teams and drivers hit the track for the first practice session, an opportunity to dial in their cars under the unique conditions of the Shanghai International Circuit. This session is set from 11:30 to 12:30 local time.
  • Sprint Qualifying: Later in the day, the drivers will participate in the Sprint Qualifying from 15:30 to 16:15 local time. This session determines the grid for the Sprint Race, adding an extra layer of strategy to the weekend.

Saturday, April 20 – Sprint Race and Qualifying

  • Sprint Race: Saturday’s highlight is the Sprint Race, a shorter contest that sets the grid for Sunday’s main event and offers drivers a chance to earn additional championship points. The Sprint Race runs from 11:00 to 12:00 local time.
  • Qualifying: Traditional qualifying takes place later on Saturday, from 15:00 to 16:00 local time, as drivers push to their limits to secure the best starting positions for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Sunday, April 21 – Race Day

  • Grand Prix: The pinnacle of the weekend, the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix sees drivers compete over 56 laps or 120 minutes, whichever comes first. The race starts at 15:00 local time and promises thrilling battles and strategic intrigue.
John Smith
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Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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