Formula One is changing its qualifying format for next season and will allow tire changes during races in 2006.
The revisions were agreed upon yesterday at a meeting of the Formula One Commission in London. The commission also agreed to consider a new rear-wing design that could be brought in as early as 2007.
However, the F1 commission failed to make a breakthrough in negotiations with the five main manufacturers -- Renault, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Toyota and Honda. They make up half the current F1 grid, and are planning a breakaway series in 2008.
Under the new format, qualifying in 2006 will be held in three phases. The five slowest cars will drop out after the first 15 minutes, and five more will depart after the next 15. The remaining cars will compete in a 20-minute session for the top spots on the grid.
The most radical change -- a new rear wing that is designed to make passing easier -- was introduced yesterday by Max Mosley. The president of the world governing body also proposed a return to slick tires and wider wheels in 2007.
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