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Qualifying Session [clear filter]
Saturday, October 21


Formula 1: Qualifying
  • Saturday's qualifying session, designed to take about an hour, is split into three distinct segments - Q1, Q2 and Q3. 

  • Each qualifying segment sees multiple drivers on track simultaneously, with each allowed to run as many laps as they want. 
  • Q1: Lasts for 18 minutes, at the end of which time the five slowest drivers are eliminated from qualifying and 15 advance to Q2. Any driver whose best Q1 lap time exceeds 107 percent of the fastest time set during that session fails to qualify and may only race at the stewards' discretion. 

  • Q2: After a short break, the times are reset and the 15 remaining cars run in a 15-minute session, at the end of which the slowest five are eliminated from qualifying, leaving 10 to progress to Q3. 

  • Q3: After a further break, the times are reset and a final 12-minute session is held to decide pole position and the starting order for the top ten grid places.