Qualifying changes again for 2004

After a meeting of the Formula One Commission in London today (October 3rd) Minardi principal Paul Stoddart told reporters that team bosses have agreed on changes to the qualifying system for 2004. The current one flying lap system has met with ...

After a meeting of the Formula One Commission in London today (October 3rd) Minardi principal Paul Stoddart told reporters that team bosses have agreed on changes to the qualifying system for 2004. The current one flying lap system has met with mixed reactions since its introduction at the start of this season and it appears that for 2004 qualifying will revert to Saturday only, with an extended session allowing two flying laps per driver.

Friday private testing will be scrapped; the day will go back to two hour long free practice sessions, with the lowest six teams permitted to run three cars per session. Saturday will have one practice session as usual, then qualifying extended to an hour and a half with two individual flying laps allowed.

The last race result, rather than championship order as run on the current Friday qualifying session, will dictate qualifying order. The driver who sets the slowest initial lap will then run first for the second flying lap. Sunday qualifying, an idea put forward by Bernie Ecclestone, was rejected.

In regard to testing, teams will be limited to 48 days during the race season, March to October, and unlimited testing outside of that time span. The proposed changes need to be ratified by the FIA at a World Motor Sport Council later this month. A full list of the changes is expected to be made available by the FIA in the near future.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Minardi