Race weekends featuring the dash qualifiers will have a tweaked format.© AFP
Formula One has unanimously approved the adoption of ‘dash’ qualifying at three Grands Prix this season, the organisers announced on Monday. The dash qualifying over a distance of 100 kilometres will resolve the GP grid and give the top three finishers championship points, F1 said in a observation. It said the dash sessions, which are “designed to increase the on-track action”, would take place at two European races and at one race outdoor Europe. Website Autosport reported the two European sprints will be held at July’s British GP at Silverstone and the Italian GP at Monza in September.
“I am delighted that the entire teams supported this plan, and this is a testimony to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain dedicated to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport,” said F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali.
Race weekends featuring the dash qualifiers will have a tweaked format, with a steady qualifying session based on the fastest unmarried lap after the first free practice on the Friday. That session will resolve the grid for Saturday’s dash qualifying.
The driver who comes top in the dash, which will take place after the second one free practice, will collect three championship points, the second-placed driver will take two points and third finisher will have one point.
“It also strikes the correct balance of rewarding drivers and teams on merit while also giving others the chance to battle their way through the field on Saturday to increase their race chances on Sunday,” said F1.
The new format must be ratified by motorsport governing body FIA, whose next assembly is scheduled for July 9.
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