FIA APPROVES NEW ELIMINATION-STYLE QUALIFYING FORMAT FOR THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Formula One will implement a new, elimination-style qualifying format at the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix after it was approved by the FIA. The new elimination system retains the idea of three separate qualifying segments to decide the grid, albeit under a changed format.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Q1

-16 minutes duration;

- After 7 minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 90 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2.

Q2

- 15 minutes duration;

- After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 90 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 90 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 2 drivers left in final 90 seconds and fastest of the two gets pole position.

Click here to see the new Qualifying format explained in an Infograph. 

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