Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner has called on Formula One to apologize to the fans for the introduction of the new qualifying format and has called for it to be scrapped immediately.
Horner was speaking to the BBC directly after the opening qualifying session of the year in Australia which saw Mercedes once again claim a front row lock out.
Speaking about the qualifying format Horner stated:
For me, this new qualifying system did not work and really we should apologise to the fans. We have not put on a show for them at all today which is a shame, especially for the first race of the season. It’s not good for qualifying to be done with five minutes to go, drivers and cars need to be out on track fighting for pole up until the last second. We should accept that we tried it, it didn’t work and the important thing is we learn from it and address it quickly. Qualifying needs to build up to a crescendo, not what we saw here today.