FIA release new qualifying format rules

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The FIA have released the new qualifying procedures in full. Here is how quali will work.

33) QUALIFYING PRACTICE
33.1 The qualifying practice session will take place on the day before the race from 14.00 to 15.00.

The session will be run as follows :

a) From 14.00 to 14.16 (Q1) all cars will be permitted on the track. Seven minutes after the start of the session the driver last in the classification will be eliminated and will no
longer be timed, he must then return to the pit lane and may take no further part in the
qualifying practice session. The same procedure will then apply after 8m30s, 10m0s,
11m30s, 13m0s and 14m30s leaving sixteen cars eligible to continue. At the end of the
session all drivers on the track may complete the lap they are on and, once these final
laps have been completed, the driver last in the classification may take no further part
in the qualifying practice session.

Lap times achieved by the fifteen remaining cars will then be deleted.

b) From 14.24 to 14.39 (Q2) the fifteen remaining cars will be permitted on the track. Six
minutes after the start of the session the driver last in the classification will be
eliminated and will no longer be timed, he must then return to the pit lane and may
take no further part in the qualifying practice session. The same procedure will then
apply after 7m30s, 9m0s, 10m30s, 12m0s and 13m30s leaving nine cars eligible to
continue. At the end of the session all drivers on the track may complete the lap they
are on and, once these final laps have been completed, the driver last in the
classification may take no further part in the qualifying practice session.

Lap times achieved by the eight remaining cars will then be deleted.

c) From 14.46 to 15.00 (Q3) the eight remaining cars will be permitted on the track. Five
minutes after the start of the session the driver last in the classification will be
eliminated and will no longer be timed, he must then return to the pit lane and may
take no further part in the qualifying practice session. The same procedure will then
apply after 6m30s, 8m0s, 9m30s, 11m0s and 12m30s leaving two cars eligible to
continue. At the end of the session any driver on the track may complete the lap he is
on and, once any final lap has been completed, the overall classification will be
established.

The above procedure is based upon 22 cars being officially eligible to take part in the Event. If 24 cars are eligible eight will be excluded after Q1 and Q2, if 26 cars are eligible nine cars will be excluded after Q1 and Q2, and so on if fewer cars are eligible. If necessary, the intervals between the sessions and eliminations will be adjusted to ensure Q3 remains unchanged.

Here is a full copy of the revised regulations for 2016

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MichaelB

I do believe they’ve implemented a solution that’s looking for a problem….

Fred Talmadge

Qualifying is confusing for me, when I’m at the races, because I don’t monitor times. So if they want to make it exciting for fans, then why not just have heat races like dirt track?

Jason Smith

This would be really cool if it weren’t for the limited engine availability and subsequent close monitoring of operating hours. Plus Pastor Would have personally bankrupted Lotus (even faster) from all the replacement front wings…

Tom Firth

Damn! Of all the times for Ferrari to use a veto, this would of been a good one…

Tiago Santos

That’s not very complicated… It will force drivers to spend more time on track then in the pits.

longshot

Unfortunately no, it won’t. If they had unlimited tires then it would, but that’s not the case.

The Captain

This is so god awful stupid! So this is F1’s ‘shootout for the chase for the quest for the cup whatever’. So lets see, according to the rules here, rather than that last exciting few minutes in Q3 when the top ten drivers make their last hot laps and I sit on the edge of my couch waiting to see if each one can just beat the top times as they all come over the line…. we will now have just two mercs circulating on track. UGHHHHHHHH! I loved the old qualifying! But I guess when things start to go… Read more »

longshot

You may not even have 2 Mercs circling the track – if they don’t have extra fresh tires then it’ll be impossible to beat whatever times were set in the early part of the session. Its possible we could see 5 minutes of frenetic action in Q3, and then 10 minutes of absolutely nothing.

The Captain

Yep. There also isn’t enough time to come into the pits and change tires once the eliminations start. At a lot of tracks the lap alone is longer than the elimination time, so an in-lap and -out-lap would risk you two eliminations. Even if they have an extra set, they can’t put them on. So yea, the tires will most likely be shot well before the last two cars would be on track anyway.

MIE

So drivers cannot complete the lap they are on when the time runs out except at the end of each session. I predict much confusion when a driver is eliminated and then less than a second later sets a time quick enough to stay in.
Charlie Whiting is going to have to make some very quick decisions.

It may however produce the intended effect, of a mixed up grid for the race. That will be until the teams work out how to best play the system.

Wahoo

Another f’n gimmick. Instead of creating the world’s fastest drivers in the world’s fastest cars they gimmick it up. Next thing you know, they will be putting oil slicks on slow corners….

Jason Smith

Go home FIA, you’re drunk.

Steve C.

Maybe I’m a bit thick, but does the statement “…the driver last in the classification…” mean…the last driver physically “in line” or the slowest driver by “lap time”?

Overall, I liked the old qualification format. It was very easy to follow and understand…of course that means scrap it!

Paul KieferJr

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: This is a pointless rule. If the FIA insists on this, then they’ve outlived their usefulness. #DeathToStupidity Where’s my shotgun!? >:-(

raithrover

It’s utter nonsense. It’ll be confusing for everyone involved or looking on. More potential penalties given out and the likely same end result with the top teams at the front. Instead we’ve got a prolonged driver parade except now its live on TV.

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