The Formula One Series wizened up on Thursday as they announced they’d scrap the new qualifying rules that were put in place for 2016 and revert back to the rules in place from last year. That’s a great step in the right direction as the new rules which seemed good at first, was a circus show.
Drivers, teams and fans absolutely hated it as it left anticlimactic qualifying rounds in the opening two races of the season in Australia and Bahrain.
Now, they’re going to go back to the way the fields were set a year ago beginning with next weekend in China.
“People seem to forget what we are trying to do, which is muddle the grid up a little bit because what we have seen doesn’t make for much excitement,” said Bernie Ecclestone in a statement on reverting back to the 2015 rules. “Lewis [Hamilton] has helped us a bit this season by not making good starts and having to come through the field, and Ferrari finally seems to have got his act together, so maybe things will change.
“Unless we can get everybody on board with regard to a new format then we are not going to find an answer. It’s as simple as that.”
But, it appears it’s a step in the right direction as I applaud Ecclestone to finally listen to what the fans and the drivers want. I know it took him two races to figure it out, but at least he did it early enough in the season.
I know it’s not perfect, but it’s better than what was in place as it’s now time to come together and put come up with a new set of rules collectively.