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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 05:48 GMT 06:48 UK
F1 qualifying changes again
Qualifying is set to change from its current one-lap format
Single-lap qualifying is set to be abandoned
Formula One team bosses have revealed that a shorter qualifying format is set to be adopted at the British Grand Prix on 11 July.

The changes have yet to be confirmed by governing body the FIA.

But McLaren's Ron Dennis said: "The final version was agreed and signed off and will be introduced at Silverstone."

Other team chiefs indicated that grid positions would now be decided by aggregate times from two 25-minute free-for-all sessions.

Every driver would have to complete six laps in each session.

The season started with two back-to-back single-lap Saturday qualifying sessions.

The format was modified slightly after broadcasters and Formula One insiders complained that it was too long and too boring.

And teams agreed at the European Grand Prix to scrap the single-lap format in favour of two short free-for-all sessions, originally 20 minutes each.

The changes still have to be approved by the FIA's World Motorsport Council at a meeting on 30 June.

While Dennis said there was unanimous agreement about the changes, some still had mixed feelings.

"I don't think we should have changed it at all," Jordan boss Eddie Jordan said after qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

"You want to see if the guy can do it and you know he has to do it on that lap. I don't think it was that bad."




SEE ALSO
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