What's new in Formula One for 2016 season

Wed Mar 9, 2016 9:12pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - The new Formula One season starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20. The following details the major changes for 2O16:


Formula One's governing body has accepted a new format under which the slowest drivers are eliminated as the three sessions progress, rather than at the end of each phase, as was the case last season.

The first session lasts 16 minutes with the slowest driver eliminated after seven minutes. Another six will follow at 90-second intervals with 15 going through to the second phase.

The second session lasts 15 minutes with the slowest driver eliminated after six. The same 90-second sequence follows until eight drivers are left.

The final 14 minutes sees one driver eliminated after five minutes and then one every 90 seconds until two are left fighting for pole position with 1-1/2 minutes remaining.

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Sauber Formula One driver Felipe Nasr of Brazil (L) leads Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the fourth testing session ahead of the upcoming season at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain, February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez