F1's New Qualifying System Delayed Till May Due To Software Issues

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Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has stated that the sport's new qualifying system will not come into effect till May's Spanish Grand Prix.

Speaking to the Independant Ecclestone said, "The new qualifying won't happen because we can't get everything together in time. We are not going to be able to get all the software done in time. So the qualifying changes will probably be in Spain. In Australia it will be the old qualifying."

Under the new qualifying system, Qualifying would still be conducted in three rounds. Q1 will last for 16 minutes and will see the slowest driver getting knocked out after 7 minutes, with six more following in 90-second intervals.

The remaining 15 drivers will head out for Q2 which will see the slowest driver getting eliminated after 6 minues with six more heading back in 90 second intervals. The final Q3 session will see only 8 drivers head out for the 14 minute session with the slowest sent back to the pits after 5 minutes. Five more will be eliminated 90-second intervals leaving the fastest two drivers on the track for the last 90 seconds in a head to head battle for pole.   

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