Qualifying changes for 2010

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The FIA has published the new sporting and technical regulations for 2010 with the main change seeing a reworked qualifying format.

Qualifying will still last 60 minutes and still be split into 3 sessions, but will now see the slowest eight drivers dropped after the 20 minute Q1 session.

Q2 will last 15 minutes and see another eight drivers being dropped, leaving the final ten drivers to battle it out in the 10 minute Q3 session.

The addition of the refuelling ban during the race for 2010 will let the drivers show their true pace during the final session as they will be allowed to run lower amount of fuel as opposed to having to run the race day fuel load.

Other points raised in the new rules include an increase in the minimum weight of each car to 620kg, which takes in to consideration the additional weight of the KERS system, plus the points system will stay the same after initial fears that a medal based system was in the pipeline after being suggested by Bernie Ecclestone.