The inaugural Grand Prix of Europe around the streets of the Azerbaijani capital Baku will kick off at 6pm local time (2pm GMT), confirming that it won't clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Having originally been scheduled to take place in July, a change to the 2016 F1 calendar would see it brought forward to June 19th, the same weekend as the Le Mans 24 Hours, an event F1 traditionally attempts to avoid and allowed Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg to compete and win last year.

To lessen the impact of the clash, the FIA said the start time of the race would be shifted to ensure it didn't clash, but its 6pm start coincides directly with the 3pm CET conclusion of the endurance classic.

Furthermore, with qualifying also scheduled for 6pm local time, it will start at exactly the same time as the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

The Grand Prix of Europe will be one of the latest starting races on the calendar, which will see the cars cross the finish line as the sun is beginning to set. Full sunset in Baku at this time of the year takes place just after 9pm.

The 2016 Formula 1 season kicks off on March 20th with the Australian Grand Prix, which kicks off at 5am GMT.



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