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F1 agrees to shake up qualifying format

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Formula One is set for a revised qualifying format this year with live elimination during the session to spice up the show.

The new format was agreed at a meeting in Geneva of the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission to discuss ways to make the sport more exciting. The agreement to change the format is targeted at mixing up grids without using artificial measures such as reversing the order.

The FIA has clarified the rules for each session:

- Q1

• 16 minutes

• After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated

• Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered 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 chequered 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 chequered flag

• 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

The new rules are likely to cause a few upsets at certain races and will offer action throughout the sessions. Further details of the decisions made by the Strategy Group and F1 Commission, including areo regulations for 2017, power unit supply and cockpit proctection, are expected to be communicated on Wednesday.