F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn has hinted that there will need to be changes to the structure of the race weekend in future in order to accommodate more races on the calendar, and qualifying has been earmarked for another fundamental change, from either next season or 2021.
The current qualifying set up is split into three, with five drivers being eliminated after Q1 and Q2, leaving the top 10 to battle it out for pole position in the final session.
Speaking to Sky Sports in Bahrain, Brawn hinted that another session could be added but that the entire process would be streamlined in order to increase the intensity of the action.
He said: "There are some things in the next year or two that we will do.
"We are working on a qualifying format which is similar to what we have now. You'll get elimination and still have the top cars fighting for the top places, but you get more action, so we have an hour of intense action."
The late Charlie Whiting issued a proposal last year before his untimely death and it is believed that it is his plan that is being considered.
"We want to have two or three more races per season, and we think we can do that by not over-stressing the teams."Ross Brawn
He proposed four sessions, where four drivers would be eliminated in Q1, Q2 and Q3 and a new Q4 would contain only the top eight fastest drivers going for pole. All of the action would take place across a 60-minute period.
Whiting said last year: "They've been doing a lot of research among fans, and they feel this is one of the things that the fans would like."
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