Bernie Ecclestone is backing a revision of the new qualifying format tried in Australia. This will see Q1 and Q2 run as in Melbourne though with more time (to be decided) allowed for these sessions. Hopefully a greater time gap will be allowed before each elimination too.
Reflecting on the Australian GP qualifying, Ecclestone “I was also confused as it was the first run and all the variables couldn’t have been predicted, like how everything was decided in Q3. We can improve.”
The F1 supremo has made somewhat of a U-Turn over the past few days since his initial scathing response to the new qualifying format, which he described as “pretty crap.” Once again Bernie is about to set the cat amongst the pigeons according to La Gazzetta as the majority of the teams want to revert to the pre-2016 qualifying style sessions. “The teams are discussing that and they want to go back,” he said. “If I were to give an opinion, I would say we will continue with the format from Australia.”
The tweak suggested is that Q3 is run as in 2015 and there will be a hurried e-vote from the members of the F1 commission prior to the Bahrain GP. The World Motorsport Council will then ratify any agreement.
If agreement for change is not reached then the qualifying format will remain as it was in Melbourne.