Sidepodcast - All for F1 and F1 for all

F1Minute - Bitesize Formula One news

Qualifying format set to change for 2016 season - Elimination style shootout proposed for this year

Published by Christine

Qualifying format set to change for 2016 season
Credit: Getty Images/Red Bull
Qualifying format set to change for 2016 season audio waveform

The F1 Strategy Group met in Geneva this week to discuss potential changes to improving the Formula One show, and the F1 Commission have accepted a handful of the proposals. The biggest one is a change to the qualifying format, although it is broadly similar to what we have already. Rather than drivers participating in each session and waiting until the end to see who finishes where, it will become an ongoing elimination process instead.

For each session, there will be a few minutes to get everyone up to speed, then the slowest driver will be eliminated. After ninety seconds the next slowest is eliminated, and so on, until eventually there are just two drivers duking it out for pole position.

The F1 Commission also liked the idea of a Driver of the Day award, voted on by fans throughout a race, and handed to the chosen driver immediately at the end of the Grand Prix.

These suggestions still need to be ratified but are likely to be in place for the first race in Australia just a few weeks from now.