FIA: new qualifying session rule starting from Bahrain Grand Prix 

Written by David on March 29th, 2008 at 10:23 amLast Update: April 04th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

FIAFormula One’s Governing Body, the FIA, has decided to modify slightly the knockout format during Qualifying Sessions. The modified format will be installed before next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Such decision has been taken by the FIA in accordance with the F1 teams in order to avoid last Sunday’s confusion during Sepang’s Q3 Session where some cars were moving slowly to save fuel, while others were still having their final flying lap.

Therefore, it will be imposed to all drivers a maximum time limit for in-laps, presumably around 120% of a driver’s quickest lap. This measure, will be mainly introduced for safety reasons.

An FIA spokesman confirmed by saying: “Our clarification to the teams and drivers will be that cars returning to the pits having completed their flying lap or laps will be required to do so within a time that we will set. This could be approximately 120 per cent of the normal time as we do to prevent drivers going very slowly to the grid to save fuel.”

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