Formula 1 could be set for yet another overhaul of its qualifying format next season, with a new version of the current 'knock-out' system due to be evaluated at the next meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
According to Spanish newspaper Marca
, the Formula One Teams' Association is keen to discuss a new procedure whereby all 20 cars are on-track with low fuel to begin with for a 14-lap sprint – with the slowest car being eliminated after each lap until only six are left.
Following a short break – during which the remaining half dozen drivers will be permitted to return to the pits for new tyres and fuel – there will be a final session with the fastest claiming pole position, as well as a point and possible prize money.
FOTA are due to discuss the initiative in more detail at a meeting next month, and if agreed, a proposal will be made to the WMSC, which would need to ratify it before it comes into being.
The new format – should it be introduced – could go alongside F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone's desire to see an Olympic-style medal system implemented for the top three finishers in each grand prix [see separate story – click here