Horner: F1 should apologise for new qualifying format

By on Saturday, March 19, 2016
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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes the sport needs to apologise to Formula 1 fans after the new qualifying format failed to achieve the desired spectacle.

Under a revised format, drivers were eliminated throughout Q1, Q2 and Q3, but most posted one lap before retreating to the pit lane.

Lewis Hamilton set his pole position time with several minutes left in Q3, with the session widely criticsed by fans on social media.

"We should apologise to fans and viewers as that’s not what qualifying should be," Horner told Sky.

"The intentions were well meaning but we have to accept we got it wrong, accept it quickly, and we should go back to what we had in time for the next race, as what we had was not good for F1

"You had Ferraris sitting in the garage as there was no point running again, qualifying should build up to a crescendo, everyone bolting on tyres and seeing what you’ve got, that didn’t happen, it’s not achieved what the objective was and it’s taken away the spectacle of what qualifying is.

"We got it wrong, but we have to accept it and change quickly.

"The intention was to mix the grid up a bit and we have to hold up our hands and say we got it wrong."

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