The Australian Grand Prix has qualifying races on March 16. The race starts at 7:00 am. There will be live coverage. The current knockout system of qualifying started in 2006, and there was a
Formula One is thinking about intensifying the present system, how it works is simple. There are three separate races, or the qualifying sessions, this is what Formula One calls them. In the qualifying 1 and 2, there are five drivers who are eliminated. This leaves 10 total drivers to race in qualifier 3, which is a shootout for pole position.
So, what’s the new idea about the qualifying races? In order to make the races more exciting, Formula One wants to add a fourth racing session. This would involve eight cars. This would mean that fewer drivers would be eliminated from the three sessions prior. If the format were to be changed up for the qualifying races, it would definitely change up things some.
The Formula One Strategy Group has been doing research on the fans and what they like about the Australian Grand Prix. Some of the fans have stated that they would like to see the sessions have
What else changes with the new qualifying format? The racing segments would be shorter. The drivers would have fewer laps to get their right time. Q4 would be a ten-minutes in which eight cars race for pole position. Formula One’s sporting boss, Ross Brawn feels that the format that they have now is pretty popular and so far, been a success.
Some racers and fans believe that the new format is really only going to help the bigger teams. Also, there are rumors floating around the Formula One camps that the teams did not get to vote for the new format, it was basically just dropped onto them. There was not a unanimous vote for anything regarding the Q4 race. The bigger teams will be assisted because there are more team members, however, the smaller teams really could use that extra time that they would have in each segment. Whether or not the new format is used at the Australian Grand Prix, we are all excited to see what the qualifying races hold for the drivers. There will be a lot of suspense, shocks, and surprises. Stay tuned for this Australian Grand Prix beginning on March 16th.