Formula One's governing body has today released a new set of sporting and technical regulations for the 2010 season, including a revised qualifying format to adapt to the 6 extra cars that will be competing next year.
The new system mostly remains the same as the current qualifying format, although the first and second sessions will eliminate 8 cars each time, rather than 5 as is currently the case. Hence, Q3 will be run with the remaining 10 cars to decide the top 10 grid positions for the Grand Prix.
Apart from this, it was also confirmed that the cars will run with low fuel quantities during each session. This year the cars are still required to drive Q3 with race fuel on board, but since refueling will be banned as of 2010 this rule has been scrapped.