F1: New Elimination-Style Qualifying Format Approved for Formula One in 2016

RaceChaser Staff Featured, Formula One, International, Sprints & Midgets 0 Comments

GENEVA, Switzerland – official series release — Dan Istitene/Getty Images AsiaPac photo —

Formula One will implement a new, elimination-style qualifying format beginning with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 20, after the new format was approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Friday.

The new elimination system retains the idea of three separate qualifying segments to decide the grid, albeit under a changed format. Below are the new qualifying rules:

Q1

  • 16 minutes
  • After seven minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered flag
  • Seven drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2

Q2

  • 15 minutes
  • After six minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered flag
  • Seven drivers eliminated, eight progress to Q3

Q3

  • 14 minutes
  • After five minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered flag
  • Two drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

In each session, the final elimination will occur at the checkered flag, rather than when the time is up.

The Council also agreed with the recent proposal from the F-1 Commission to extend the deadline for the completion of 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations until April 30, 2016. This will allow all stakeholders the best opportunity to finalize all relevant work – especially with regard to power unit regulations focusing on the four key areas of supply cost, obligation to supply, performance convergence, and further improvement of noise.

CREDIT: Formula One

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *