Pre-race

Pre-race

Pre-race

A Formula One Grand Prix event spans a weekend. It begins with two free practice sessions on Friday ( except Monaco, where Friday practices are to Thursday), and one free practice on Saturday. Additional drivers (commonly known as third drivers) are allowed to run on Fridays, but only two cars may be used per team, requiring a race driver to give up their seat. A qualifying session is held after the last free practice session.
This session determines the starting order for the race.

The current qualifying known as ‘’knock-out’’ qualifying, is split into three periods ( or rounds). In Each period, drivers run qualifying laps to attempt to advance to the next period( or rounds) . In each period, drivers run qualifying laps to attempt to advance to the next period, running as many laps as they wish, with the slowest 6 drivers being “knocked out’’ at the end of the period and their grid position set, based on their best lap times. Cars are eliminated in this manner until 10 cars remain eligible to attempt to qualify for ‘pole’ position’ in the third and final period. The knock-out format has received minor updates since its inception, such as adjustments to the number of drivers eliminated in each period as the total number of cars entered has changed ( from 20 drivers in 2009 to 24 in 2010)