F1 Qualifying Format Approved
Qualifying for Formula 1 will be changing this season.
FIA’s World Motor Sport Council approved the changes to a elimination-style qualifying format on Friday, March 4. The new rules will go in effect immediately, beginning with the season opening Grand Prix of Australia.
Q1 will be 16 minutes in duration, with the slowest car eliminated after the first seven minutes. Following this, every 90 seconds, the slowest car is eliminated, until there are only 15 cars on track, at the end of the session.
Q2 will be 15 minutes long. In this session, the remaining 15 cars will attempt to set the fastest lap. After five minutes, the slowest car is eliminated, with the next slowest car being eliminated every 90 seconds, until the end of the session.
Q3 will be 14 minutes long, and there will only be eight cars attempting to set the fastest time. After the first five minutes, the slowest car is eliminated, and again, every 90 seconds thereafter, the slowest car is out, until there are just two cars on track. For the final 90 seconds, the remaining two cars will try to set the fastest time, and earn the coveted pole position.
Also approved by the council was the recent proposal to extend the deadline for the completion of the 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations to April 30. The request was put in by the F1 Commission. The extension allows stakeholders a better opportunity to finalize things, including power unit regulations focusing on the four key areas of supply cost, obligation to supply, performance convergence, and further improvement of noise.
The council also approved the 2017 bodywork regulations.