Honda F1 website

MAY 8, 2004

Ecclestone wants new qualifying in midseason

Bernie Ecclestone says that he wants to see a new qualifying structure for Formula 1 within a few weeks. He said that if agreement can be made the qualifying could be changed in the midseason and said that he would prefer to see a system where qualifying would take place for one hour on Saturday, divided into two 30 minute sessions during which cars must run a minimum of six laps per session. If a car did not complete six laps it would be sent to the back of the grid. The grid would then be established by putting the best times from the two sessions together.