Vettel unhappy as qualy change confirmed

The FIA has reportedly given the go-ahead for a new elimination qualifying format, however, Sebastian Vettel says the drivers “are not in favour” of the change.

After days of uncertainty and back-and-forth over the format, reports on Friday claim that motorsport governing body is pressing on with the original proposed change.

Under the new format, which will be used as early as this month’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, qualifying will be divided into three segments as it has in recent years.

However drivers will eliminated during all three at set intervals instead of only at the end of each.

The decision has not gone down well with the drivers.

Speaking to the media at Barcelona, Ferrari’s Vettel said: “I don’t think it is broken. In terms of the show, F1 is doing fine.

“The decisions lately, it is fair to say it is lacking leadership.

“It’s a bit chaotic if a couple of weeks before the season, you start to reinvent certain rules and formats of qualifying as has been discussed in the last couple of weeks.

“I’m not a fan of the qualifying changes and speaking on behalf of all the drivers, no driver is. We don’t get what is wrong with the old qualifying and why to change it.

“I can see the excitement for some people with the introduction of the element of randomness.

“But it’s important for the sport to remain a sport so in the end the fastest driver comes out on top paired with the strongest team. That has been in the DNA of F1 forever.

“It is the wrong way to go and creates chaos, it creates criticism against us drivers and among the fans.”

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