Qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix altered by the FIA following Caterham’s return

Since Caterham were able to return to the Formula One grid for the final round of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the FIA have altered the format for qualifying.

After Caterham and Marussia entered administration in the build up to the United States Grand Prix, the FIA changed the qualifying format for the USGP and the Brazilian Grand Prix so the slowest four cars in Q1 and then the slowest four cars in Q2 were eliminated, leaving ten cars to compete in Q3 like normal.

Now the FIA have slightly altered the qualifying format once more to welcome the re-addition of Caterham.

On Friday the 21st of November, the FIA released a statement saying: “Accordingly, under the authority to the Stewards in Article 11.9 of the International Sporting Code, and having regard to the principles established in the Formula One Sporting Regulations Article 33.1, consistent with the decision at the 2014 United States Grand Prix, the Stewards decide that the slowest 5 cars in Q1 will be prohibited from taking any further part in the session, and the slowest 5 cars in Q2 will likewise be prohibited from taking any further part in the session,”