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Teams agree to elimination qualifying, now set for Australia

After the World Motor Sport Council Meeting, it was left up to the teams to agree the rules for the new elimination style qualifying.

Motorsport.com has now confirmed that all the teams have agreed to the new version in an e-vote on Thursday. This will now need to be written into the Sporting Regulations ready for next weekend.

It is the original proposal which has been agreed, that is elimination in all three parts to qualifying, and not the secondary compromise version which would have seen the old style in the final part to ensure that a number of cars are on the track.

– 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 original idea was for the new format to be introduce in Spain, with fears the software for the timing system would not be ready in time, but it looks to have been sorted quickly with the go-ahead for the first race next weekend in Australia.

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