Okay, so we have all filled in the
… But what do we – the fans who keep the sport alive – think of the new ‘tweaked’
In my day, when dinosuars roamed the earth, qualifying consisted of a one hour session. In this time, drivers had 12 laps, including outs and ins. When the clock hit zero, any driver on a lap could complete it and have it counted. Obviously, the fastest claimed pole and so on and so forth.
Typically, most drivers would go out and do an out/fast/in during the first half hour – this was a banker lap. Then the top drivers would wait until the final 10-15 minutes before venturing back out onto the circuit to set the really quick times in a fast and furious flurry. This was because the track tends to get faster as the session progresses, and the top drivers weren’t obliged to get TV air-time for sponsers, unlike the Minardi’s and Forti’s at the time.
However, there were no ‘fuel-burning’ laps. There were no ‘one-lap-wonders’. There were no complicated ‘who’s in and who’s out’ questions?. It was mano-a-mano. Man and machine against the tarmac.
So what do people think of the new ‘knock-out’ system with the slightly reduced final session? Does it work? Is it a waste of time, not worth watching? Or does it work? Is it exciting? Does it produce real class in driving as one would expect from F1?
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