New qualifying for F1 in ’06

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F1 is to see a complete change to qualifying in 2006 according to reports suggesting a new system has been agreed for next year…

After years of complaints from fans and teams about the current qualifying set up being too boring, it looks like the FIA might revamp it for next year to make the show more interesting.

It has been reported that the new system will involve four fifteen minute sessions, with cars required to set a time in each. At the end of every session the slowest five cars will be removed meaning at the end of the hour there will be five cars left in a shoot-out for pole.

The idea was suggested in a survey conducted by and ITV when fans were asked to vote which they would prefer, a shoot-out or a system similar to the current one lap set up.

The shoot-out won both the online and television vote and it has now been reported that it will be implemented next year.

David Coulthard, however, has already voiced his disagreement with it.

“I don’t agree with that,” he said. “I’m surprised Jordan and Minardi are agreeing to it – they’ll be the first ones out and will get no TV coverage.”

The new system will inevitably mean less coverage for the slower teams therefore less sponorship money, but the move has been made as part of an overall revamp of the sport to attempt to make it more interesting for the fans after part of a recent survey by the FIA showed that 70% of fans wanted a return to multi-lap qualifying.

Nothing has been confirmed by the FIA yet, however it is expected the new system will take effect as of Australia 2006.