2008 qualifying format to change?

Formula 1 teams have agreed that the 2008 qualifying sessions will run a slightly different format to the 2007 season.

The move has partly been made in an attempt to make the sport more environmentally friendly by removing the fuel burning laps. “The sporting working group met on Wednesday here in Monza and among the items on the agenda was a proposal which just slightly modified the qualifying procedure,” Pat Symonds, head of engineering at Renault, explained.

“But in so doing, it got rid of the fuel burning laps. The way if did it was to have a more limited time in Q3, in the final part of qualifying. That achieved a majority vote in favour of it and therefore, it will go to the World Council in their October meeting for application next year.”