Unlike other events on the 2015 F1 calendar, Russia has announced that its grand prix will start earlier than last year.

Ironically, the event at Sochi Autodrom is not one likely to have been affected by failing light but, following the accident that befell Jules Bianchi in atrocious conditions just a week before the F1 circus made its Russian debut, Formula One Management has taken the decision to move the start time of the Euro-Asian round forward by one hour, to 1400hrs Moscow time.

"We will have an opportunity to watch the fascinating F1 race one day and one hour earlier than we did last year," promoter Sergey Vorobyev said, "A lot of motorsport fans are already making flight reservations for the Russian Grand Prix so this news will allow them to effectively plan their race weekend."

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Australia, which traditionally kicks the F1 season off with a race into the Melbourne twilight has already said that it will not alter its timetable, with event chief executive Andrew Westacott confirming that the 5pm start - arranged largely for broadcasting purposes - will remain intact.

Malaysia, meanwhile, has said that it is open to change, having seen its early-season event blighted by late afternoon rain. Race officials told Reuters that moving the start forward by an hour remains a possibility.