F1-Fansite.com

F1 News

F1 qualifying for 2014 set to be changed by FIA

Posted on by
Fia logo

Fia logoF1 looks set to introduce an eleventh-hour change to the qualifying rules for 2014, according to media reports.

Just five weeks ahead of the Melbourne season opener, team bosses, Bernie Ecclestone and the governing FIA will meet in Bahrain on February 21, coinciding with official testing in the island Kingdom, to discuss the issue.

Britain's Mirror newspaper said the changes would be to ensure drivers cannot sit out the decisive 'Q3' segment of qualifying, in order to save tyres and for other tactical and reliability reasons.

"Some believe a return to the free-for-all hour long sessions of the past is the answer because the current three-part formula has added nothing to the Saturday spectacle," said correspondent Byron Young.

The Telegraph's new F1 correspondent Daniel Johnson added: "To try and maintain the spectacle, (the) strategy group has asked the teams and the FIA to come up with ways of forcing drivers to go for the best grid positions in Q3.

"Plans likely to be discussed are believed to include supplying drivers with an extra set of qualifying tyres, specifically for the final part of the session," he added.

Not likely to get voted through in Bahrain, meanwhile, is an extension of Bernie Ecclestone's highly unpopular new 'double points' concept.

To keep the title alive until the end, drivers will score twice as many points at the season finale in Abu Dhabi this year, but F1's chief executive has written to the teams asking they vote for the concept to also include the preceeding two races.

Red Bull's Christian Horner, no fan of the concept initially, indicated he would support extending the scheme to three races because that would "take away an element of lottery over that last race".

But because the proposed change is occurring so late, it would require an unanimous vote, and there are reports the Mercedes-powered teams have no mind to support it.

Other teams are reportedly also not keen, a mischievous Lotus spokesman telling the BBC: "The best thing would be to make all the races double points."

The British media report added: "More than one top team believes it would be wrong to change the rules a month before the start of the season."

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2016 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

Book F1 Tickets Malaysian F1 GP Malaysian '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Japanese F1 GP Japan '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets US F1 GP USA '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Mexican F1 GP Mexico '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Brazilian F1 GP Brazil '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Abu Dhabi F1 GP Abu Dhabi '16Available
Book Now
   
Book F1 Tickets Australian F1 GP Australia '17AvialableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Spanish F1 GP Spain '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Austrian F1 GP Austria '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets British F1 GP UK '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Belgium '1725% discountBook Now

Polls

Who is your favourite F1 driver?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
F1 Polls