Saturday, 12 March 2016

The 2016 F1 qualifying format explained


For the 2016 Formula One season a new qualifying format with make its debut. It’s an elimination-style format broken into three sessions and this is an explanation of how it works:

Q1

  • The first session of qualifying will last for 16 minutes, with all 22 drivers participating. 
  • After seven minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated. 
  • In 90-second intervals thereafter, the next slowest drivers are eliminated until the chequered flag falls to end the session. 
  • This then means that seven drivers are eliminated in the first session, with 15 drivers moving on to Q2.

Q2

  • The second session will last for 15 minutes with the 15 fastest drivers from Q1.
  • After six minutes, the slowest driver will be eliminated then in 90-second intervals thereafter, the next slowest drivers are eliminated until the chequered flag falls eliminating seven drivers.
  • The top eight drivers will advance to the final qualifying session.
Q3

  • Q3 will be a 14 minute session with the eight fastest drivers from Q2.
  • After fiver minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated then in 90-second intervals thereafter the new slowest driver/s will be eliminated until the chequered flag falls.
  • The two fastest drivers will head into a 90-second pole position shootout.

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