Have you been confused by the qualifying for Grand Prix races this Formula One season? Us too! But never fear – this weekend, the competition will revert back to the straight knockout formula, on the insistence of all teams. This might seem a bit strange, since they all agreed to it at the beginning of the season (which wasn’t that long ago!) but perhaps it was as confusing for those in the sport as those of us just watching!
So how did the qualifying work for the first 2 races of the 2016 season? Prepare for our poor explanation! So drivers would initially take part in two qualifying races to accumulate an average time. This average time would then knock out the 6 slowest drivers from the next day’s race. After this, the remaining drivers would then compete in a knock-out style race for the grid positions for Sunday’s race. Clearly the most logical way to do things… But rejoice, for the big bosses of Formula One have decided to go back to the simpler version of things for race weekends!
So far this season, Nico Rosberg leads the way with a 100% record from the first two races. A few questions are still to be answered this weekend. Hamilton fans will be keen to see if he can start his comeback as he did last year in Shangai! His luck is bound to change soon, and he’ll be rearing to go after a first lap crash in Bahrain left him too far behind to climb any higher than 3rd. Speaking of crashes, there’s only speculation at the minute around whether Alonso will see his return this weekend after a huge crash at the Australian Grand Prix a few weeks ago.
If you want to experience Formula One for yourself then why not take a look at our Grand Prix packages available for the European stages this season? We don’t include flights in any of our packages but we’ve put together a quick look over flights available from the UK & Ireland that you could arrange after booking your F1 ticket packages with ActivityBreaks.com!
13th – 16th May 2016: Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona (Nearest airport: Barcelona-El Prat Airport)
Airlines flying on these dates: Ryanair (London Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Dublin, Glasgow, Edinburgh)
Easyjet (London Southend, London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Liverpool, Belfast International, Newcastle)
27th – 30th May 2016: Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo (Nearest airport: Nice Cote D’Azur Airport)
Easyjet (Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, London Luton, London Stansted, London Gatwick)
1st – 4th July 2016: Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg (Nearest airport: Vienna International Airport)
Easyjet (London Luton, Bristol, London Gatwick)
22nd – 25th July 2016: Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest (Nearest airport: Budapest Airport)
Easyjet (London Gatwick)
Ryanair (London Stansted, Dublin)
29th July –1st August 2016: German Grand Prix in Hockenheim (Nearest airport: Frankfurt Airport)
Ryanair (Kerry, London Stansted)
26th – 29th August 2016: Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps (Nearest airport: Brussels Airport)
Ryanair (Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh)
2nd – 5th September 2016: Italian Grand Prix in Monza (Nearest airport: Milan Linate/Milan Malpensa/Milan Orio Al Serio)
Ryanair: Malpensa (London Stansted)
Orio Al Serio (London Stansted, Manchester, Dublin)
Easyjet: Linate (London Gatwick)
Malpensa (London Luton, London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh)