Proposed change to qualifying

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Snap Matt
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Proposed change to qualifying

Post by Snap Matt » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:23 pm

I read the headline and was initially worried it was another pointless change, maybe a return to the awful one-lap system or something.

Instead, the idea of moving to a four session qualifying format could be quite a good idea. Dropping four cars each session, down to a final eight competing for pole could work well.

The fastest cars are likely to be on track for longer and fewer people making up the numbers in the final session are both positive changes. Opening up tyre choice to P9 and P10 could help the race strategies a bit - it would help avoid the situation of Q2 being irrelevant as happened on Saturday (though I think that must have been a first). Shorter sessions could be helpful too as Q1 can certainly drag a little and every round is an opportunity for the leaders to get something wrong, mixing up the grid. One issue might be that it could increase the amount of time that engines are being used at their maximum; maybe that will be a lesser problem as development continues? The 100+ second lap time tracks could be difficult if Q1 goes back to ten minutes and perhaps a further set of tyres would have to be made available.

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