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Formula 1 is a competition of British origin and heart.

And it remains so despite the fact that right now it is Liberty Media, an American corporation, who is pulling its strings.

The best proof is that the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, has caused a change in schedules at the Grand Prix of Italy and Emilia Romagna, on the mythical Imola circuit, 1,500 kilometers from the British capital.

"Out of respect for the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh", was the specific reason detailed in the statement from F1 and the FIA.

As a sign of respect for the royal funeral, the classification will be moved to avoid overlapping with the service, so the classification will be played between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (CET), in which a minute of silence, which means moving the FP3 from 11:00 to 12:00 (CET) to comply with the regulation, which establishes that the classification must be 120 minutes after the FP3.

Before, on Friday, the free 2 will move from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., always CET time, and FP1 will be played at 11: 00/12: 00, because the regulation requires that these sessions be separated by at least two and a half hours and that FP3 has to start no less than nineteen hours after the end of FP2.

Rangers-Celtic, Sunday

The Premier League has rescheduled the Wolverhampton and Sheffield United game, which was due to start at 4:00 p.m., coinciding with the funeral, so it moves to 9:15 p.m.

At the time initially scheduled for this meeting, a minute of silence is also scheduled throughout the country.

The other match scheduled for that day, Newcastle-West Ham, will start at the scheduled time (1.30pm), as well as the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley at 6.30pm.

On the other hand, the lower category meetings whose start was scheduled at the same time as the funeral, may advance or delay their schedule.

In Scotland, where the fourth cup round has to be played, the federation has modified the schedules, with some games advanced to Friday, others to Saturday morning and the always explosive

Rangers-Celtic

will finally be played on Sunday.

The English rugby championship has also modified its schedules so as not to make matches coincide with the funeral.

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