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Free Practice is held over three one hour sessions (FP1, FP2 & FP3),  the first two on Friday and the third on Saturday morning. The only variance in the current calendar is Monaco which olds FP1 & FP2 on Thursday as Friday is a public holiday.

The teams need to run the cars on the track to dial them in and ensure all the settings are correct for the track, the weather and any other variable. Teams run meticulously planned programmes that step the cars, and the drivers, through set-up and testing scenarios in an effort to be at the optimum for qualifying and the race.

A driver must attend at least one free practice session in order to start the race. Times are recorded but they do not count towards standing or affect points over the weekend, hence the term, Free Practice.

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