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Elimination qualifying confirmed by WMSC

The new style ‘elimination qualifying’ has been given the go-ahead by the World Motor Sport Council today.

Having been suggested that the software couldn’t be written in time for the first race, the World Motor Sport Council have confirmed that the new style qualifying will go ahead in Melbourne, just two weeks away.

The idea was floated that the full proposal should be postponed to the Spanish Grand Prix in May to give time for the software to be written. It was also suggested that a half and half option, with the eliminations taking place in Q1 and Q2, while the old system would take president in the final Q3.

A statement from the FIA said:

The World Motor Sport Council approved the new qualification format, the principles of which were unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system should be introduced for the first round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The new elimination-style format:

– Q1
16 minutes
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
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
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 final elimination in each session occurs at the chequered flag – not when time is up.

The wording of the Sporting Regulations relating to this new qualifying format will be submitted to the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission.

Image Via McLaren

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