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F1 qualifying tweaks revealed ahead of Bahrain meeting

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Top 10 drivers will recieve an extra set of option tyres in Q3 (©GettyImages)
Top 10 drivers will recieve an extra set of option tyres in Q3 (©GettyImages).

Proposed changes to spice up F1 qualifying in 2014 have been revealed ahead of a meeting in Bahrain, reports motorsport.com.

Though the 2014 tyres are expected to more durable than in 2013, concerns remain drivers who make the final top 10 shoot-out will stay in the garage in a bid to save tyres for the race.

As a result it is now believed that Pirelli will provide an extra set of the softer or option tyres just to be used in the final Q3 segment, those outside the top 10 will also receive an extra set of the faster tyres to use during the race.

The extra set of wheels mean that drivers who make the top 10, who previously had to start the race on the tyres they used to set their best time in Q3, will instead use the rubber used to set their fastest time in Q2.

The expected extra running also means changes to the length of the final Q3 session; an additional two minutes will be added which means it will now be 12 minutes as opposed to 10.

To keep the session at an hour, two minutes will be taken off the first Q1 segment which drops from 20 to 18 minutes.

The proposed changes will be put to the FIA, Bernie Ecclestone and all 11 teams at the next test in Bahrain, which begins next week, the measures will need 100 per cent support in order to be implemented in time for the Australian Grand Prix.

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