It still needs ratification by the World Motor Sport Council but it seems the FIA will plow ahead with the revised qualifying format in Australia for the Formula 1 grand prix season opener. With one change that is:
- Q3 will stay exactly as it is currently but there will only be eight drivers, rather than 10 as before.
- Q1 and Q2 will last 16 minutes each and after seven minutes, the slowest drivers will star being knocked out every 90 seconds until the session ends.
When the format change was originally announced, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said he didn’t think the details and IT side of the concept could be worked out before Australian and that it might be as late as the Spanish Grand Prix before it would be ready.
Teams don’t like changing things mid-season and so it seem some sort of compromise has been reached as the FIA even met with a throng of drivers in Spain today to hear their concerns.
There you have it, the one thing that F1 fans would say is working well in F1 will now change…never mind all the other things that are frustrating fans to no end. That being said, who knows? This change to qualifying might even make it more exciting but I suspect it will be a more challenging process trying to keep fans at home on top of the 90-second axing of drivers in real time.