F1 rules: New qualification system for 2016

New qualification system for 2016
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B ernie Ecclestone called for at the strategy meeting in Geneva a better show from the FIA ​​and the teams. After he was not yet able to score on the engine question and the 2017 cars, he wanted to at least shake up the field a bit. If necessary with radical measures.

But the most radical suggestions of the Formula 1 boss all came to nothing. A starting grid draw. A reverse order of the top ten with points to compensate for the 10 fastest in the training. Or even a qualification race on Saturday, which should be rehearsed at one of the 21 Grand Prix this year for 2017.

Like the journey to Jerusalem

At least Ecclestone, the FIA ​​and the 6 top teams were able to agree on one of the suggestions - a new mode for qualification. He was then approved in the Formula 1 Commission, as the FIA ​​confirmed on Wednesday (February 24, 2016). The world association also provided details on how the starting line-up will be determined in the future.

In principle, it is a tightened version of the current knockout system. Not unlike the trip to Jerusalem. Instead of having the last 6 pilots eliminated at the end of the individual qualifying sections, the new elimination mode will bite the last place every minute and a half.

Here are the dates for the 3 knockout rounds for the new qualifying:


- duration: 16 minutes

- after 7 minutes the slowest driver will be sorted out

- Then the slowest driver is eliminated every 90 seconds - up to the checkered flag

- 7 drivers are eliminated, 15 progress into Q2

Q2 :

- Duration: 15 minutes

- After 6 minutes the slowest driver will be eliminated

- After that, the slowest driver will be eliminated every 90 seconds - up to the checkered flag

- 7 drivers are eliminated, 8 progress into Q3


- Duration: 14 minutes

- After 5 minutes the slowest driver is sorted out

- After that, every 90 seconds find the slowest driver - up to the checkered flag

- 2 drivers remain in the last 90 seconds

- The last elimination takes place at the checkered flag, not when the time is up is

More excitement through the new qualification mode

This oneModus is supposed to ensure that the cars drive more on the track, because every break in the pits carries the risk of sliding backwards and not being able to react in time. That could produce unusual starting positions, it would not be an artificial measure and is easy to understand.

Smaller details, such as the question of which tire to start on, have yet to be clarified. And the FIA ​​World Council still has to give its official approval, which, however, should be purely a matter of form. If everything goes as planned, the new mode will be used for the first time in Melbourne.

Another measure that should ensure more fan participation is the choice of driver of the day. In the future, at each race, the spectators will be able to vote which driver they think has performed the best. The winner will be chosen immediately after crossing the finish line and will receive a prize.

First decisions on the 2017 F1 car

Initial decisions were also made on the 2017 technical regulations. The Formula 1 strategy group introduced a McLaren compromise proposal on chassis width to the F1 Commission, the main features of which were accepted. The chassis width should therefore grow from 140 to 160 centimeters. The cars should be 2 meters wide - currently 1.80 meters. This should make the racing cars 3 to 4 seconds faster.

The minimum weight of the car increases from 702 kilograms to 722 kilograms (plus tires). The bargeboards can get bigger. The diffuser height increases from 125 millimeters to 175 millimeters. It is 5 centimeters wider and starts 17.5 centimeters further in front of the rear axle than before. This increases downforce - just like the 20 centimeter wider rear wing and the 15 centimeter wider front wing.

In order to bring the higher cornering speeds safely onto the road, Pirelli will supply larger tires. The tread on the front wheels will grow from 24.5 to 30.5 centimeters. At the rear, the rollers are 40.5 centimeters wide (currently: 32.5 centimeters). Together with the 15 centimeter lower rear wing, this should ensure a more aggressive look.

Cockpit protection is coming in 2017

Also cockpit protection is to be introduced in 2017. The FIA ​​favors the so-called halo solution ('Halo Concept'), which was developed by Mercedes. However, alternative solutions, such as a transparent cockpit border, should also be tested further.

When it comes to engines, however, there is still disagreement on how to guarantee the supply for all teams planned for 2017. A working group has now been set up to write the new regulations. This should also sound out ways to make the engines even louder. The decision was made on thePostponed April 30, 2015.


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