Governing body FIA said the proposal was unanimously approved in a meeting between series stakeholders in Geneva yesterday.

The new system will be evaluated for introduction at the first grand prix of the year in Australia on March 20. The F1 commission also approved 'new measures designed to deliver a faster, more spectacular' F1 championship in 2017.
New bodywork regulations have been adopted 'to create more exciting cars'. The F1 commission also confirmed the intention of introducing some form of cockpit protection next season.
The new qualifying system would have three separate sessions, like now, but instead of having the slowest drivers eliminated at the end, they would be dropped one by one every minute-and-a-half.
All cars would have seven minutes to set their times in the beginning of the session, and seven drivers would be eliminated. Another seven drivers would be eliminated in the second session after having six minutes to set their times, and the final eight would advance.

In the final session, drivers would have five minutes to set their times before the 90-second elimination begins, until two cars are left for the final minute-and-a-half duel.

Currently, the slowest six cars are eliminated in each of the first two sessions, and the remaining 10 participate in a shootout for the pole position in the final session. The stakeholders also adopted measures to improve racing and try to make F1 more attractive to fans and television audiences.


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