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Revised qualifying format agreed for 2005 23 Oct 2004

A new qualifying system for next year has been voted in by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and the Formula One Commission. It will see one session on Saturday afternoon and another on Sunday morning.

The first session will run from 1300 to 1400 on Saturday and will, like this year, be single lap qualifying, with the cars going out in the reverse order of their finishing positions at the previous race.

The second session, from 1000 to 1100 on Sunday, will also use the single lap format, with the cars going out in the reverse order of the qualifying on Saturday (i.e. the fastest car on Saturday runs last on Sunday).

The cars will run on Saturday with unrestricted fuel. They will then go into parc ferm after this qualifying session and for the Sunday qualifying session they will run with race fuel, having been allowed to refuel before the second qualifying session. They will not be allowed to refuel again before the race starts.

The times of the two sessions will be aggregated to determine the grid, with the shortest aggregate time in pole position.