F1 may be looking at ways to “spice up the show” and one avenue could be tweaking the current qualifying format. I’ve read that the owners are considering adding a 4th session for the top eight cars etc. There have been discussions about a qualifying race before the main race etc.
McLaren’s sporting director, Gil De Ferran, doesn’t like the idea of messing around with the qualifying format.
“Qualifying is to determine the fastest guy,” he said.
“It’s the time of the weekend you don’t have to worry about the brakes, you don’t have to worry about the fuel, you don’t have to worry about saving your tyres or anything like that.
“You just push like mad and do the best lap time you can. I always found that interesting even as a young fan.
“So, I’m a traditionalist in the sense that I like qualifying to determine the fastest guy and I like the race being a standalone sort of thing.
“I think it’s important that we don’t commoditize the races. Winning a grand prix has a lot of meaning.
“If you can call yourself a grand prix winner I think that carries a lot of weight and I think we must preserve that value.”
I’m in the same camp as Gil but what do you think? Many fans comments that I have read seem to think this is the best qualifying format ever but could it be better? Let us know what you think? Would any change hurt the value of a win?
Hat Tip: Autosport