F1 teams unite to save Qualifying


In a united stand against the current qualifying system and the proposed aggregate system, F1 teams have signed, sealed and delivered a letter addressed to the FIA, Bernie Ecclestone and CVC, to make clear that they will not tolerate things as they stand, asking for a swift return to the 2015 Qualifying format ASAP.

Teams, drivers and fans alike have all voiced their concerns about the current state of qualifying and the needless destruction of a perfectly good system. Sebastian Vettel in particular commented on how the new proposal was “a sh*t idea”, with Jenson Button indicating that “driving around with one eye closed would be better than the system in place at the moment”.

The new aggregate idea put forward by the FIA president and F1 Chief, involves the drivers overall time being derived from an aggregate of their two best lap times from each of the Q1, Q2 and Q3 sessions. Q1 would be 18 minutes long and when the time is up the seven slowest drivers on aggregate would be eliminated. Q2 would be fifteen minutes in duration and follow along the same lines as Q1, with Q3 lasting 12 minutes and determining the top eight from the aggregate of their fastest 2 laps in that session. This was the only suggestion given to the teams with Ecclestone and Todt not willing to revert back to the original Qualifying system, and hence not submitting this as an option to be discussed at the meeting. F1 team bosses therefore were not left with much room for manoeuvre, having to either come up with a more suitable alternative, face keeping the current elimination debacle for the Chinese Grand Prix, or as we have now seen go to greater lengths in order to get their voices heard by those in charge. Should F1 bosses still not listen, boycotting qualifying could be the next step in the team’s attempts to save the system and the sport from plummeting into further disarray.

The majority of fans and teams out there believe that the 2015 qualifying system was never broken in the first place, and so did not require fixing. The inane need to mess around with the format, is just another case of F1 chiefs not listening to what fans and those that matter to the sport want, not focusing on the important issues, and instead trying to find solutions to problems by creating more chaos.

The letter has been submitted ahead of a meeting due to take place later today, with F1 teams, F1 Chiefs (including Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt), as well as Paul Hembery of Pirelli which was penned in to decide on the way forward for Qualifying. Having only been given the option of the new aggregate system to vote for or against, F1 team bosses became angered and have now vented their frustration and refusal to conform to the ridiculous notions of Ecclestone and Todt. The letter does also state, that in the future teams would be open to trialling tweaks to qualifying, as early as the latter part of this season if the championship has already been won…so unlike their opposition in this debate, they are open to compromise! Will F1 Bosses see sense? The ball is now in their court…so watch this space!

thcheckeredflag.co.uk would like to hear your thoughts on the subject of Qualifying…are you in favour of sticking with the original format, or would you like to see another style put in place? Is anyone in favour of the proposed aggregate system?

  • daves1412

    The only bit of F1 that worked fine and people want to mess around with it. The new system is completely rubbish and the 2015 system was great. In some ways preferred the really old system because back markers could spice things up, even though it was less fair in a way. I like Bernie (I’m in a minority) but the world has now moved on an he no longer has a sound instinctive sense of what makes a) good racing and b) a good show. In that order of course because good racing is the core of what makes a good show rather than some neutered and fake bells and whistles that everyone can see through. Artificially pushing back the front runners is silly and doesn’t help anyone. If you want to do that, why not just roll some dice to decide the grid places for the race? That at least would be transparent. The only area where I agree with Bernie is that the engines are too pricey. That does need revising. But he’s wrong on everything else. Apart from engines I would say he has it pretty much 100 percent backwards these days – tyres, quali, internet presence, how to attract young audiences, etc etc. Pity but there you are. I hope he has the sense and good grace to realise this before he is pushed out aggressively because that would be a miserable way to go.

  • Rach_H79FGP1

    Thanks for commenting @daves1412 – Completely agree with all your points. Bernie was once great for the sport, he made it into the Worldwide phenomenon that it is today…it would be a shame to see him put all that good work to waste by destroying it with silly fads and gimmicks, not listening, or moving with thie times. I really hope he, FOM and the FIA will see sense too!

  • TerryHorne

    I Suggest that the teams boycott qualifying if they don’t return to the 2015 rules.

  • Racehound

    Spot on daves………..Eccles and Toad have lost it…call them a taxi each and drop them off at the nearest airport or looney bin!  Lets get back to previous qualy format first.   Cap hosepower for all power units  to  1000bhp…..reduce the wing sizes and aero-dependancy by  at least 50%……..fat tyres that can be pushed all the way with 1 or 2 pitstops per race, and then we will see who the best driver really is!!!   Had enough of watching this bs.  Car advantage does not make for great racing………equalise the power for all to see who drives the best!!!

  • Rach_H79FGP1

    TerryHorne  I think this is something we might see if Bernie et al don’t positively respond to this letter

  • Racehound

    …..btw……  The MotoGP bikes were 2.1 seconds between pole sitter and 21st and last place for the grid……F1 the difference between 1st and last was almost 5 seconds!    That was qualy for the Argentine MotoGP race last week and BaaaaaaahRain!  #:)

  • daves1412

    Rach_H79FGP1 TerryHorne I agree that this is the implied threat although quite a few teams would be worried about their future existence in the sport. I know a little about what goes on to coerce the teams and it is pretty nuts. I won’t say any more but you can sleuth this from public sources and get the general idea.

  • Rach_H79FGP1

    You make a good point there Racehound, in MotoGP you get close, exciting action nearly every race…in F1 there is a massive gap between the front and back of the grid. MotoGP cap costs and have restrictions on development, with everyone having to use the standard electronics system, which makes it much easier for the non factory teams to compete. I sometimes think F1 should take a leaf out of their book!