Friday, May 9, 2008

More difficult Qualifying

The Formula 1 qualifying system is to be adjusted from this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix onwards to take account of Super Aguri's departure.

FIA officials have confirmed that with only 20 cars now in the field, five rather than six drivers will be eliminated at the end of each of the two knock-out sessions.

The revision and Super Aguri's absence increases the likelihood of one of the upper midfield contenders dropping out after the first segment, since only the top 15 will now get through to Q2.

Q3 is unchanged and will remain a shoot-out for the top 10 positions.

This is the first time that the three-part qualifying system has had to be adapted for a smaller field, as it was originally introduced for the start of 2006, coinciding with Super Aguri's arrival in the world championship.

This is not going to Force India as now one of the top team will fall down in Q1. So not so good news