Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone who is not in Australia for tomorrow’s opening race of the season has labeled the new qualifying format which he watched on TV as ‘pretty crap to watch’.
Speaking following the session, Mr Ecclestone stated:
I watched it, but I have to say I wasn’t enthusiastic about it from day one, It was pretty crap. But this is what we’ve got, until we can change it. The only thing about this [format] is that the quick guys could have run off the road, or done anything a little bit silly, and then you would get a mixed-up grid, which is what we wanted. It just happens that Mercedes are still very, very good.
Mr Ecclestone believes that the qualifying format can be changed in time for the next race, the Bahrain Grand Prix which takes place on April 3.
Ecclestone went on to say:
If you are a fan and you are on the way to a race we should be discussing whether or not Hamilton has to push, whether the Ferraris are quick, or maybe somebody else comes through, but they can’t do that any more. But I wanted to take the results of the last race, and the guy that won that race, would have so many seconds, or tenths of a second, added to his qualifying time.