Even Ecclestone calls for qualifying axe
Honda F1 website
Honda website

MARCH 19, 2016

Even Ecclestone calls for qualifying axe

Musical chairs qualifying looks set to be the shortest-lived format for Saturday afternoon in F1's history.

"Remember that stupid qualifying format that only lasted one race back in 2016?" joked an incredulous Martin Brundle as he commentated on the farcical proceedings in Albert Park.

So widespread is the condemnation of the format up and down pitlane that almost no one doubts an ultra-rare unanimous vote of the team bosses to axe it will be made almost immediately.

Reports suggest an emergency meeting to discuss qualifying will take place before the Australian grand prix on Sunday.

Even Bernie Ecclestone - who is in London - is playing along, even though he argued strongly that F1 needed a qualifying shakeup.

But he admitted that what he watched on TV from Australia was "pretty crap".

"It wasn't my idea at all," he told the Mirror. "I am sure we can change it for Bahrain. We should be man enough -- we gave it a try, it didn't work, let's find a new way of doing it."

Ecclestone, however, is opposed to simply reverting to the previous elimination format, as he says it will just put the two quickest Mercedes on the front row at every race.

And FIA president Jean Todt seems more cautious about scrapping the new rules.

"We need to analyse why it didn't work," said Todt. "In my opinion watching from the TV, the main issue was a lack of tyres available.

"We can change it but we need unanimous agreement," he added.

From Melbourne, F1 race director Charlie Whiting agreed: "It (changing the rules) would require all eleven teams to agree.

"And we need 18 out of 26 votes in the F1 commission," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

(GMM)

Other stories for MARCH 19, 2016

EVEN ECCLESTONE CALLS FOR QUALIFYING AXE

BOSSES CALL FOR NEW QUALIFYING TO BE SCRAPPED

QUALIFYING REPORT - IT'S NOT A KNOCKOUT

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

MARKO TO BLOCK FERRARI SWITCH FOR RICCIARDO

BOULLIER WILL NOT CONVINCE ALONSO TO STAY IN F1

PUNDIT QUESTIONS HAMILTON'S PODIUM CHANCES

QUALIFYING RESULTS

F1 NOT AS GOOD AS BEFORE SAYS KUBICA

PIRELLI DENIES SECRET BRAZIL TYRE STORY

SATURDAY PHOTOS

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - TRUE COMPARISONS

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS