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2014 F1: FIA to talk about qualifying changes

lewis-hamilton-mercedes-jerez-f1-test-january-30-2014Currently Formula 1 discussing about format changes of this season qualification. Just a month ahead of this season, the vital discussions should take place in Bahrain in two test schedule.

Many sources reported that, this month testing at Sakhir, team bosses, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA should logically meet to discuss about double point system and qualifying changes.

The focus of the discussion concern more specifically the Q3 final part of qualifying , during which some drivers have become accustomed to not go out to save their tires. On the proposal of the Strategic Group F1, measures will be studied in an attempt to solution this problem, why not from this season.

Among the proposed solutions, both seem to stand out. The first would be to impose on drivers who do not make time in Q3 to start the race with the tires being used to sign their best time of the Q2. Thus, it would reduce the advantage not to leave at the end of the session. The other possibility would be to provide a set of specific tire for the 10 drivers qualified for Q3, to encourage them to go sign the best track time.

In addition, discussions in Bahrain could also include the fact extend the double points in the last three races of the season, not just for the last race in Abu Dhabi. Dear Bernie Ecclestone, however, this measure has little chance of success because it would require a unanimous vote of the teams because of the very short time that separates us from the beginning of the season.

The Mirror reports that the current format used in qualifying will be changed to prevent drivers from opting out of taking part in the final Q3 segment in order to save their tyres for the race.

“Some believe a return to the free-for-all hour long sessions of the past is the answer because the current three-part formula has added nothing to the Saturday spectacle,” said correspondent Byron Young.

The Telegraph’s Daniel Johnson added that changes will be made “to try and maintain the spectacle, (the) strategy group has asked the teams and the FIA to come up with ways of forcing drivers to go for the best grid positions in Q3.”

“Plans likely to be discussed are believed to include supplying drivers with an extra set of qualifying tyres, specifically for the final part of the session,” Johnson added.

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