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Ecclestone confirms F1 not ready for 2016 knockout qualifying

Ecclestone confirms F1 not ready for 2016 knockout qualifying

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that, F1 is not ready for 2016 knockout qualifying format in Australian Grand Prix, which approved through both the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission this week, because the technological side cannot set up the software and visualization in time.

The meetings of the Strategy Group and F1 Commission had been billed as the last chance for F1 to agree sweeping changes to the technical regulations for 2017.

“The new qualifying won’t happen because we can’t get everything ready in time,” Ecclestone told the Independent.

“We can’t get the software done in time. So the qualifying changes will probably be in Spain.”

Germany’s Auto Bild, however, reported that the radical car blueprint for 2017 as devised by Red Bull, with a five second per lap boost and 50 per cent more downforce, “was rejected”.

“The McLaren idea, with 30 per cent more downforce as a compromise, seems the most probable now,” the report said.

FIA president Jean Todt is said to have described the meeting as having gone “quite well”, amid reports the 2017 cars will now be only three seconds per lap quicker.

Todt also responded to Ecclestone’s latest comments, in which the F1 supremo suggested the Frenchman should join him in simply forcing through change.

“I am not the dictator,” he is quoted by the Guardian.

“A dictator could not work within our system of governance. I would end up being a murdered dictator, as can happen with dictators,” Todt added.

So the biggest news from Tuesday’s meetings, reportedly championed hard by Bernie Ecclestone, is a tweak to qualifying, based on the current three-phase ‘knockout’ format.

Citing sources, the Daily Mirror explained that “the slowest driver would be ejected every 90 seconds”, with the change set to be rubber-stamped in the coming days.

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