Auto GP adopts Formula 1-style knockout qualifying for 2014
|By Peter Mills||Tuesday, March 4th 2014, 15:59 GMT|
Auto GP will introduce a Formula 1-inspired knockout format for qualifying in 2014.
The Coloni-promoted single-seater championship will spilt its previous single 30-minute qualifying session into Q1 and Q2 segments.
The fastest 10 drivers from the initial 20-minute Q1 session will progress into a 10-minute Q2 session. This will determine pole position and the top-10 starting positions for race one.
As was the case last year, the grid for race two will be decided by reversing the top-eight finishing positions from the opening race of the meeting.
"We wanted to add this innovation to keep pace with the changes that have been introduced in Formula 1 over the last few years," said series promoter Enzo Coloni.
"This new format splits qualifying into more than one session. The drivers will face each other directly and they will also have to manage their emotional approach."
Coloni also reiterated his commitment to the championship's prize fund. The leading points-scoring driver over a race weekend will receive €20,000, the second-placed €10,000 and third-placed €5000.
"The Auto GP prize money programme has already been announced, and the series is the only high-level competition to award money to its best drivers in every round," he said.