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Qualifying changes slightly for 2008 - New rules for the new year as Red Bull Racing going viral

Published by Christine

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Today is the 21st December 2007, I’m Christine, and this is F1Minute.

The qualifying format for 2008 has been tweaked slightly, with the three sessions lasting 20 minutes, 15 minutes and then 10 minutes respectively. As before, the slowest cars will be knocked out at the end of each session, leaving the fastest to go on to the next. The rules are written as if 24 cars are taking part, so the slowest seven retire after each session but if there are only 22 taking part, it reverts to this year’s practice of 6 cars being knocked out each time.

Red Bull have officially confirmed their launch date with a YouTube video teaser. The car will launch at Jerez on 16th January, and the video lasts only 29 seconds showing off the factory and the date. The message with the video is: “Red Bull Racing have been working day and night to bring you the RB4.”

F1Minute will take a break next week, as everyone will be eating too much turkey and drinking too much wine to worry about the news. I’ll be back on the 31st December, so until then have a great Christmas, and join me on New Year’s Eve for another F1Minute.