FIA set to change qualifying format

Wednesday 05-March-2014 14:01

In an attempt to stop the final qualifying session from turning into a farce, the FIA are expected to make some adjustments to the format for the 2014 season....

During last week's second pre-season test in Bahrain, the F1 Strategy Group was concerned that some drivers would sit out the Q3 sessions during the season in an attempt to save their tyres for the race.

The tweaks to the qualifying format would allow the drivers to start the race on the tyres they used in Q2 instead of Q3.

The 10 drivers that take part in Q3 will also be given an extra set of tyres that they may only use in the final session.

Other changes that are expected to be made include the shortening of Q1 from 20 to 18 minutes, and the lengthening of Q3 from 10 to 12 minutes.

Although the above-mentioned changes still need to be ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, it seems a foregone conclusion that they will be accepted after FIA president Jean Todt voiced his approval of the modifications.

"It's constructive to have a little review of qualifying. Some people say, 'no we cannot go out in Q3 because we don't have enough tyres. We are not talking about getting involved in a revolution. By doing a little refinement, a little finetuning, we can get at something [better]," Todt told Autosport in a recent interview.

Other changes the Strategy Group considered were revisions to power unit homologation issues and the possibility of expanding the awarding of double points to the final three races.

Both those proposals were voted down.

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