JULY 24, 2000
Two day qualifying supported by Bernie
TWO day qualifying could reappear on the Grand Prix schedule in 2001 if Bernie Ecclestone has his way, according to several F1 teams last week.
However Ecclestone is now said to favor the restoration of Friday qualifying, but not as a separate session. Instead, he wants to combined Friday and Saturday times, sure in the knowledge that electronic timing systems have reached a level of sophistication whereby they can instantly update the aggregate lap time during the Saturday session.
This would have two spectacular consequences. It would raise the spectre of unpredictable grid line-ups with consistency and mechanical reliability being rewarded every bit as much as sheer speed. It would also ensure that all teams would have to produce a maximum effort in both sessions. More demanding for the teams, perhaps, but a no-lose situation for race viewer and spectator alike.