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FIA confirm Qualifying changes and draft 2017 regulations

After some proposals leaked from the F1 Commission meeting in Geneva yesterday, the FIA brought out a statement confirming the changes to qualifying and proposals for the 2017 season.

While it had been thought that the new qualifying format with a more aggressive knock out format it could be brought in as early as the fist part of this season. Although the previous version has been arguably the best so far, it can be a little predictable and this format aims to easily jumble the grid fairly.

The structure has been confirmed as:

– 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.

Along with the changes to qualifying, there will a ‘Driver of the Day’ award to generate more fan interest (think more of a backwards version of fanboost in Formula E), where they will be awarded a prize directly after the race.

Design of the 2017 is also moving slowly, with an agreement to extend the deadline until the end of April. The consensus is to make the cars longer, wider and faster, but not as fast as what had previously been reported, although they will still be around three seconds faster than the current generation. There will be wider tyres, along with wider wings and chassis, although it has been watered down to aid Pirelli in creating suitable tyres.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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