Most Formula 1 weekends last from Friday to Saturday, with all the Formula 1 and support series sessions fitting into those three days.

But for the British Grand Prix Silverstone will host four days of track action, as the practice sessions for Formula 2 and GP3 will now take place on Thursday afternoon. The F2 practice session will last from 15:30 to 16:15 local time, with GP3 running from 16:45 to 17:30.

The idea behind the change is to ease the congested schedule of the event, as between Formula 1, the support series and some demonstrations by Renault and Williams, things were looking pretty packed.

The change makes things slightly tougher on the F2 and GP3 teams, as with just a week between the Austrian and British Grands Prix it means they’ll have a day less to get ready for the track action.

Fans will be allowed in to the track from 14:00 on the Thursday to watch the action and also access the F1 Fan Zone. Holders of weekend tickets won’t be affected – they’ll still be allowed in, but individual tickets for Thursday are also available however, priced at £40 for adults.

That may seem a little bit steep considering a weekend ticket to the World Endurance Championship earlier this year cost just £50, but on the other hand it should be a good opportunity to experience a Formula 1 event when things are a little bit less hectic.