New details emerge regarding 2014 F1 qualifying tweaks

Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying, Saturday 26 October 2013.

New details of the plan to spice up Formula 1 qualifying for the 2014 season have emerged.

At a meeting in Bahrain scheduled for 21 February, Formula 1’s major players will move to ensure that the final Q3 segment is exciting under the radically different regulations.

The fear is that, to preserve tyres and for reasons of reliability, drivers may sit out the session for tactical reasons.

It was reported that a likely solution would be to supply drivers with an extra set of tyres for the final ‘Q3′ hitout.

Writing in Autosprint, correspondent Roberto Chinchero said the extra set, only eligible to be used in Q3, will be the ‘option’ – or fastest – tyre.

According to the reported proposal, drivers will also be encouraged to push hard in Q3 by ending the rule that required cars to start the race on the last tyre used in the top-ten shoot out.

Now, top-ten drivers will start on the tyre with which they set their best Q2 time.

The Q3 changes, likely to increase track activity, will mean the session is extended from 10 to 12 minutes, giving drivers more time to fit in their additional ‘runs’.

The lengthened Q3 will mean that Q1 is reduced from 20 to 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, for drivers who do not make it into Q3, they will be given an extra set of ‘Option’ tyres for the race, also discouraging them from saving tyres in qualifying. (GMM)

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  • =El Presidente=

    so now we get drivers slowing down in Q2, because they want the extra set for the race distance, and not for Q3..

    I can see a lotus struggling to get into Q3, to opt to try P11 so they have fresh tires for the race.

    or is this very pessimistic thinking? ;)

  • Bechara Saliba

    with Crashnolado on board ?? they won’t even save tyres but need to save cars instead

  • Erkht

    The empty track during qualifying is so petty and pointless. People PAY and TRAVEL to see NOTHING? Why can’t these FIA geniuses just mandate that so many timed laps must be submitted in each session, or to the back you go? Q1, 3 timed laps, Q2, 2 times laps, Q3, 2 timed laps. Remove the idiotic tire games from it altogther..

  • Rodrigo

    I think this is a great thing! i want to see them battling it out on Q3!

  • Chuck

    F1 needs a lot more than a few “tweaks” to qualifying. A lot fewer nonsensical rules would be a good place to start.