Formula 1 is looking to revert to its qualifying format from the previous season for the upcoming Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix after facing widespread criticism for the format it had introduced this year.
From the start, Formula 1 has been receiving an earful of complaints and harsh reactions from drivers and team bosses alike with regards to the new qualifying format it introduced during the first race of the year in Melbourne, Australia.
According to a statement issued by the Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, and the Formula One Management (FOM), “At the unanimous request of the teams in a letter received today, Jean Todt, President of the FIA, and Bernie Ecclestone, commercial rights holder representative, accepted, in the interests of the Championship, to submit a proposal to the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council to revert to the qualifying format in force in 2015.”
Should the proposal be accepted, the teams should expect to use the old qualifying format when they get to Shanghai for the China grand prix. This means that instead of a driver getting eliminated from qualifying every 90 seconds throughout qualifying rounds one, two and three, the elimination would done again in large groups.
As Formula 1 fans would recall, the six slowest cars would be eliminated at the end of both Q1 and Q2. Meanwhile, the remaining 10 cars during Q3 will end up fighting for the top 10 grid positions until the end of the final qualifying session.
The new qualifying format hasn’t gained much acceptance from the F1 community. ESPN reported that Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has referred to the new qualifying format as “madness.” Meanwhile, another proposal was put out regarding a qualifying session wherein a driver’s two best lap times during the three sessions will be combined to come up with the grid order of the race.
With regard to this, Sky Sports reported that the idea is getting no love from Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion remarked, “It’s a good idea if you want random things to happen, but Formula 1 should be about racing. It’s a s*** idea.|