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Published: 14:53 | 24/2/16

F1 propose new qualifying format


Formula 1 has agreed a new qualifying format that will see live elimination during the session.

The F1 commission unanimously approved the changes at a meeting in Geneva and the new system could be implemented in time for the 2016 season if FIA’s World Motor Sport Council vote in favour of the format.

Under the proposals, the three separate qualifying segments will remain in place but there will be changes that will see drivers eliminated at different stages.

Proposed new qualifying format:

Q1
- 16 minutes in duration
- After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
- 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2

Q2
- 15 minutes in duration
- After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
- 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3

Q3
- 14 minutes in duration
- After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
- 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

“The new system is being evaluated for introduction, potentially as soon as the beginning of the 2016 season," the FIA said in a statement.

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