Race weekends that includes the dash qualifiers may have a tweaked format.© AFP
Formula One has unanimously authorised the adoption of ‘dash’ qualifying at three Grands Prix this season, the organisers introduced on Monday. The dash qualifying over a distance of 100 kilometres will decide the GP grid and provides the highest three finishers championship factors, F1 mentioned in an announcement. It mentioned the dash periods, that are “designed to increase the on-track action”, would happen at two European races and at one race exterior Europe. Website Autosport reported the 2 European sprints might be held at July’s British GP at Silverstone and the Italian GP at Monza in September.
“I am delighted that all the teams supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport,” mentioned F1 chief govt Stefano Domenicali.
Race weekends that includes the dash qualifiers may have a tweaked format, with a daily qualifying session primarily based on the quickest single lap after the primary free observe on the Friday. That session will decide the grid for Saturday’s dash qualifying.
The driver who comes high within the dash, which is able to happen after the second free observe, will acquire three championship factors, the second-placed driver will take two factors and third finisher may have one level.
“It also strikes the right balance of rewarding drivers and teams on merit while also giving others the chance to battle their way through the field on Saturday to increase their race chances on Sunday,” mentioned F1.
The new format must be ratified by motorsport governing physique FIA, whose subsequent assembly is scheduled for July 9.
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