Massa: Chaos for sure

Felipe Massa is unsure as to whether the changes to the qualifying rules will make for a better show or just create chaos.

On Wednesday the F1 Commission agreed to change the qualifying format into a knockout system.

Whereas last season the slowest drivers dropped out at the end of Q1 and Q2, under the new system they will be eliminated during the actual session with the slowest dropping out at set intervals.

Formula 1 is still coming to grips with the new system, which could be implemented as early as this season, with Massa saying the only thing he knows for certain is that there will be chaos.

“I don’t know if it I like it or not,” the Williams driver explained to Motorsport.com.

“I think I need to have a little bit of time to sit down and understand the rules, understand the change. The only thing I understand is that they want to create some chaos around, and this will happen for sure.

“I’m sure it will happen, some chaos, cars that should maybe qualify more in the front have problems and they need to start in the back. So this is something that can be interesting for you [the media], but if it’s better or not, I don’t know yet.”

But like many of his colleagues, Massa reckons there is more that needs to be done to create excitement in Formula 1.

Asked whether the sport needed to change the qualy format, he said: “I think the most important thing is that fans want to see fights, they want to see cars overtaking, cars close by. Fans don’t want to see only one car winning the race.

“Whenever you can make a championship better, the fans will be happy. I think that’s the main issue.

“Which is not something easy to fix. Maybe the noise of the car, but apart from this I think the fans want to see different cars winning the race, that’s the main target, which is the most difficult thing for F1 to make happen.”

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