Qualifying to change at French Grand Prix

13th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

MAGNY-COURS, France, July 13, 2006 (AFP) - Formula One qualifying will undergo its sixth revamp in three seasons at this weekend's French Grand Prix after a batch of rule changes were approved by the World Motorsport Council here Thursday.

MAGNY-COURS, France, July 13, 2006 (AFP) - Formula One qualifying will undergo its sixth revamp in three seasons at this weekend's French Grand Prix after a batch of rule changes were approved by the World Motorsport Council here Thursday.

The final part of Saturday's qualifying session will be shortened to 15 minutes after complaints that the previous 20-minute time limit was too long, with the first ten minutes boring for spectators.

In addition to that, Max Mosley, the president of Formula One's governing body the International Automobile Federation, has recently campaigned for the series to become more environmentally friendly.

His suggestion last month that cars "tootling around for five minutes just wasting fuel" was not in keeping with his ideology, was the likely catalyst for the move.

The qualifying change will be the only significant alteration for the rest of the season.

A host of changes have however been made for 2007, including the expected banning of third cars from Friday practice.

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Subject: French News

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