While everyone seems very excited about the prospect of returning to the 2015 qualifying format, I was wondering today what we may be likely to see with the reversion back to the standard (if I can use that term) format?
I don’t think there will be much change at the front of the grid with Mercedes taking their rightful place on top of the heap but where it could get interesting is the mid field.
Recall Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez getting hung out over the 90-second time limit in Australia or Force India’s Sergio Perez in Bahrain only to have his teammate end up in 8th.
What I am suggesting is that the midfield teams have more time to get the best lap and while that work in favor of everyone it can also work against just as it always has but what I suspect is that you may just see a slight reshuffling of the midfield qualifying order than what we’ve seen so far.
I can see teams like Force India, McLaren, Toro Rosso, and even Haas F1 having more time to take and re-take the fight for higher position without the numbing effect of only having seven minutest to do so.
How do you see this unfolding? Do you think it will have any impact on what we’ve seen so far in the grid order or even race order? Or is it business as usual?