Qualifying time change agreed on

The minor change in the qualifying schedule, as used in Malaysia, was ratified by the World Motorsport Council at a meeting in Paris today. The two Saturday sessions will continue with the altered times as from the Bahrain Grand Prix on April ...

The minor change in the qualifying schedule, as used in Malaysia, was ratified by the World Motorsport Council at a meeting in Paris today. The two Saturday sessions will continue with the altered times as from the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 4th.

The FIA agreed that the preliminary qualifying session will start at 13.00 and the final session that decides the grid lineup will commence at 14.00. The two 45 minute Saturday practice sessions will now start one hour earlier.

This year's qualifying format has been criticized by teams and fans alike for being unexciting and, at two hours plus, far too long. Team bosses have been unable to compromise on a new system so far. The revised time schedule gives television broadcasters the option to show only the second, more important session in which the grid positions are decided.

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