Introduced last month in opening grand prix at Australia, the new qualifying format has drawn criticism from fans, teams and drivers.
Formula 1 team heads have been told to mull over an all-new ‘aggregate’ format for qualifying, following reverting to the 2015 F1 system was ruled out by the sport’s authorities on Sunday.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has given unfavourable expression to the new proposed aggregate qualifying system, labelling the idea “s***”.
FIA president Jean Todt said as he emerged from Sunday’s meeting in Bahrain that the F1 world will need to be “patient” until the details emerge next week.
But authoritative sources, including Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and British television Sky, report that the new system will involve drivers’ 2 best times being aggregated as they progress through the three segments of qualifying.
Displeased Vettel is already not a fan, telling Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s time to go to the circus.
“It’s a good idea if you want random things to happen, but Formula 1 should be about racing. It’s a s*** idea.”
Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardo echoed his negative expression –“Qualifying is about that one perfect lap,” he said.
“To have an aggregate, it starts to sound more like some form of endurance racing. I wouldn’t be too keen on that.”
McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button says “anything is better” than Formula 1’s current elimination-style qualifying format, as a new aggregate system is investigated.
“If it’s an aggregate system, I’ll give it a go,” Button told Sky Sports.
“That’s all you can say. It’s better than this one. Anything is better than this one.
“Drivers driving around with one eye closed would be better than this one.
“I look forward to change, and that’s what’s hopefully coming.”
Asked if aggregate times are a kick in the stomach for F1 purists, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “I think the kick is even lower than that.”
Williams, meanwhile, said of the newly-proposed idea: “It is quite a well thought through proposal that the FIA have come up with and hopefully it will be a solution that will work for everybody, and that will be be easy for our fans to understand”.