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F1 to have new qualifying format in 2009?

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].

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Marc - Unregistered

November 24, 2008 11:01 AM

Jesus...why are they ading nother ****** qualifying mode ? The should have just kept it like it was in the 90s. One hour, all cars can go when they want, the fastest gets pole, just like in Motogp.

Al - Unregistered

November 24, 2008 10:49 AM

And how do they decide how they line up to start the sprint... oh, how about a qualifying session where they all get an hour to see who can do the fastest lap. It really is the silly season, medals for race wins now this crap for quali.... anyone got any other stupid ideas to help meat out the winter months ?

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