The immediate outrage regarding the new qualifying format has now died down to a hushed murmur with increasingly louder voices in support of the system but with a few tweaks.
The first to publicly suggest that the systems should simply be tweaked and perhaps not jettisoned was Mercedes boss Toto Wolff followed by a hearty endorsement by Force India’s Bob Fernley, then a rousing back-pat from Pirelli and now, finally, a full-throated plan by Mr. Ecclestone himself—who was relatively peeved by it in Australia but now seems to find it sensible.
According to reports today, the F1 Commission will vote Thursday on whether to revert to the old system or perhaps modify the new system for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The times for Q1 and Q2 would be changed to promote more running but Q3 would be like the old format. Still 90-second elimination and perhaps this would work as many fans commented that the new format was ok for Q1 and Q2.
The thought here is that trying something for the first time can always leave less than desired results and that with a few tweaks to the system, qualifying could be even better than it already is. Regardless, it seems like an attempt to jostle the grid and create randomness in the race.
It’s not an idea I am that keen on as I like to see the best drivers in the best cars battling for pole, not battling to manage a time delta and avoid being 6th on the grid for the race only then to work hard passing back markers in order to get back up front and fight the best driver in the best car.