FIA: F1’s new qualifying system “should” debut at Melbourne

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Following today’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, the first of 2016, several proposed regulations have come into being.

The first is that the new-for-2016 Formula 1 qualifying system “should” premiere for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, which takes place March 20.

The elimination style qualifying will see cars eliminated during a session, rather than the slowest five or six knocked out just at the end of the session as has been the case since 2006.

In case you need a reminder of how it all works, here’s the breakdown below, via the FIA:

The new elimination-style format:

Q1

  • 16 minutes
  • After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered 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 checkered 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 checkered flag
  • 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

The final elimination in each session occurs at the checkered flag – not when time is up.

In terms of other key notes taken during the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting:

The full WMSC press release can be found here.