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Teams opting not to run in Q3 to save tyres is the major sticking point
Only five short weeks before the start of the Formula One season in Melbourne, the FIA is set to shake up the qualifying format to further boost the spectacle of the sport.
Autosport revealed on Thursday that motorsport’s governing body has set a meeting date for February 21, with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and team bosses to discuss changing the format.
One of the major concerns of the current qualifying format was teams backing off in Q3 or simply electing not to set a time in a strategic bid to save their tyres for the race.
Amongst the solutions believed to be pushed forward are forcing the Q3 drivers to start with the tyres they set their best Q2 lap on or alternatively giving them an extra set of qualifying tyres for Q3 that are not to be used for the race.
Such a change would need the unanimous backing from all teams involved at the meeting to be pushed through in time for the season opener in Australia on March 16.