The first of nine meetings across Europe takes place at Monza this weekend. Adjustable skirts, prevalent in the category in 2005, make a return to the new machine, which has had concerns levelled against it by teams over the quantity of spare parts available. Manufacturer Dallara is expected to accommodate demand should there be any repeat of the carnage in last year's Italian round.
The most dramatic change to the regulations comes with the introduction of a 'Super Pole' qualifying system. The field is set to be split into two groups, each of which will participate in one 20-minute qualifying session. The fastest six from each group will be promoted into the Super Pole session where points are eligible on a four, two, one scale for the pole to third place qualifiers.
In the Saturday race the top eight in the Super Pole will start in reverse order, followed by the four slowest Super Pole drivers and the remainder of the field in qualifying order. For race two the Super Pole drivers will start at the head of the field in normal order, followed by the rest of the field in their classification from race one.