Qualifying quandary: New season, new rules, though a same aged problems hurt Formula One

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By Kunal Shah

On 23 February, with rebate than a month to go for a 2016 Formula 1 season, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced astonishing changes to a already engaging F1 subordinate format. The powers that control a competition suspicion that a best approach to debonair adult a customarily disciplined Sunday (the race) would be by blending adult grid positions dynamic on Saturday (qualifying). Strange!

But that’s a thing about Formula 1 newly – if something doesn’t need to be fixed, there’s a high possibility that it will be. And things that indeed need regulating go untouched. This is precisely because a much-needed repair in payouts to a teams will sojourn uncertain for seasons to come. And afterwards there’s a nonessential anathema on change in helmet design, of course.

The new subordinate format retains a existent three-phase rejecting process. The large change, however, is in a routine of rejecting itself. Every 90 seconds, a slowest motorist will be separated from a session. Thank God that notwithstanding a new format, a DNA of subordinate stays speeds! Formula 1 should cruise renaming ‘Qualifying’ to ‘Eliminations’ given a model change in focus.

The new Formula 1 deteriorate is going to see a manners overhaul

Experienced drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Filipe Massa trust that a rejecting countdown would chaperon in disharmony in qualifying. The new complement relies on faster drivers being separated due to motorist and/or group blunder in calculating a traffic, accurate time and fuel loads needed. That Pirelli’s elite tyre compounds for subordinate competence not offer punch for a whole generation of rejecting by any proviso is another emanate altogether.

The usually certain about a change in subordinate format is that a movement on Saturday, that is deliberate as a proclamation for Sunday’s Race Day, will presumably get improved and unpredictable. But a downside is that there’s full possibility that notwithstanding a enormous subordinate session, a competition on Sunday will be tedious and unpleasing. There’s full possibility that a drivers who got separated due to errors will be unchallenged as they stand their approach by a container by contracting drag rebate complement (DRS).

Formula 1’s evident need to repair is a format of a competition or a racing itself. However, F1 authorities merit a pat on a behind for not contracting ‘reverse grids’ as an synthetic means to urge a spectacle. We’ve all seen how a synthetic and neglected DRS takes a fun divided from overtaking.

Formula 1 hasn’t suspicion by a execution of this clearly good idea. While a radio witness will be sufficient sensitive around graphics during a broadcast, a lane witness will usually finish adult being some-more confused in this quick paced rejecting format. But that to we is Formula 1 again – overly complex!

And it isn’t a fans or a drivers alone, even a Formula 1 marshals aren’t certain of how they’d govern this format on track, generally a narrower ones. Since time would be of a hint during a rejecting period, concentration will be on accurate use of a ‘blue flag’ to safeguard that a separated motorist successfully stays out of a approach of those on their ‘hot laps’. This format will call for improved coordination between drivers; we consternation how Mercedes will hoop a Rosberg-Hamilton tragedy in this context.

Since a proclamation of this new format, there have been consultant views and fan opinions drifting on amicable media. However, it is usually when a subordinate for a 2016 Australian Grand Prix starts that we will know a impact of these changes – for a teams, drivers and a fans.


Kunal Shah is a former racer who was a partial of a government during a Force India F1 Team for over 5 years. He blogs on F1 and also hosts a Inside Line F1 Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter – @kunalashah

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