Even F1's best bits need to change

Even F1's best bits need to change

Although Formula 1's current knockout qualifying format is popular with fans of the championship, it has recently been suggested that this system should be tweaked further. That idea was met with scepticism by some, but PAT SYMONDS argues that the time is right for new thinking on qualifying

Be careful what you wish for: among the latest proposals from Formula 1's much-maligned Strategy Group, there has been a suggestion to split the qualifying hour into four segments rather than the current three.

It hasn't been greeted by widespread enthusiasm from within the sport. But this notion wasn't plucked out of thin air - it was driven by focused research of fans instigated by the commercial rights holder.

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