Wolff says qualifying changes are 'rubbish'

By on Saturday, March 19, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the changes to the qualifying format are 'rubbish', after the system was sampled for the first time during the Australian Grand Prix.

Drivers are now eliminated during Q1, Q2 and Q3, but several remained in the pit lane during the closing stages, while Lewis Hamilton took his pole position with a few minutes remaining.

"I'm the first person to say that we shouldn't talk the sport down but when the evidence is there before your eyes, you cannot shut them and deny reality," he said.

"The new format is pretty rubbish - much too complicated to follow and a damp squib at the end with nobody running.

"These were the downsides that we expected to see - and they outweigh the upsides, that much is clear now.

"We wanted to listen to the promoters who were calling for a change - but my personal opinion is that we have found the wrong solution and we need to think carefully about what we do next."

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