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Mercedes warns new qualifying format could backfire

  • Published on 14 Mar 2016 16:36
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1's new qualifying format could backfire on the sport, Mercedes has warned. The controversial 'musical chairs' elimination system has been enshrined in the sporting regulations ahead of its debut in Melbourne on Saturday.

The intention is to spice up the action and potentially shake up the grid, but Mercedes chiefs Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff worry that it will not work out that way. "The goal is to have more drivers on the track, but I think now there will in fact be little action in the final minutes," team chairman Lauda told Austria's ORF broadcaster.

Mercedes boss Wolff agrees that the new system, with drivers to be eliminated in 90 second intervals, could concentrate the track action into the start of the segments. "It will mean you have to go out immediately with new tyres so you set your time," he said.

"In Q3 this could mean that there are no cars on the track in the last eight minutes," Wolff warned, "because by then you will have only used tyres left. It's really messy," he added, referring to the debut of the new system. "You can hardly believe that it is a global sport when we change the rules one minute until midnight." (GMM)

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  • Oh, could this by any chance be a worried Mercedes? I sincerely doubt that is the case, but its not impossible...

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    • Mar 14 2016 - 16:39
  • Only backfire for merc because they have pop divas for drivers who are no good without rocket ships underneath them. If it's bad for merc it is great for F1.

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    • Mar 14 2016 - 16:43
  • khasmir

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    I don't know, they might have a point that this new format will totally miss its goal. We will see in less than a week ;)

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    • Mar 14 2016 - 20:09
  • RacetoWin

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    more cars on track during a rather boring qualifying may backfire?

    how about good for the fans!

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    • Mar 14 2016 - 21:08
    • Except merc doesn't give a rat's bum about the fans.

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      • Mar 15 2016 - 10:16
  • denis1304

    Posts: 284

    Intention of this change was to mix starting order and not spice up qualifying.
    You can't expect Mercedes to complain about this, if they consider them-self best, so they have to find other ways.

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    • Mar 15 2016 - 11:43

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