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'Old' qualifying for season opener in Melbourne

  • Published on 27 Feb 2016 13:17
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1's new 'musical chairs' qualifying format has hit a roadblock. Bernie Ecclestone told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt that Formula One Management's software team does not have time to prepare the system for the Melbourne season opener next month.

"The new qualifying won't happen because we can't get everything together in time," the F1 supremo said in an exclusive article in The Independent. "It was going to come in at the start of this year but we are not going to be able to get all the software done in time. So the qualifying changes will probably be in Spain," Ecclestone revealed. "In Australia it will be the old qualifying. All of the software has got to be written so it's not easy," he added.

The new format is based on the existing 'knockout' qualifying system, but with a car eliminated every 90 seconds instead of in a group at the end of the three segments. Ecclestone admitted he actually wanted a more radical shake-up for 2016, involving reversing the grids.

"I wanted a very simple thing," he said. "I wanted qualifying to stay as it is, because it is good, and then if a guy is on pole and has won the last race he gets so many seconds added to his time so he has to fight through the bloody pack to get in the lead, which he would do in the end."

Amid F1's democratic processes, Ecclestone said he is frustrated the teams are not more supportive of his moves to spice up the racing. "There are a million things they could do but they are completely mad," he said. "We can't do it alone because to get the things voted through it has to go through the commissions and then we have got the teams all deciding." (GMM)

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  • Not exactly unexpected, came pretty hasty. No matter, I like the current format, so wont exactly be a pain.

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    • Feb 28 2016 - 00:26
  • khasmir

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    They better make sure there are no bugs in the software ;)

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    • Feb 28 2016 - 12:30
  • ianf1

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    Am I the only one who thinks that all this 'tinkering' with qualifying / artificial handicapping of the pole guy devalues what we are seeing today? How can you compare a champion of a fiddled about with championship with one from yesteryear, where everything was simpler but consistent year on year? Double points in the last race was another good example - I'm glad that's gone.

    If they start saying we'll add a time penalty to the pole guy, we'll see drivers actively aiming for second on circuits where overtaking is impossible.

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    • Feb 29 2016 - 10:10

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