Later this month, Formula 1 teams will meet to discuss changes to the qualifying regulations. The objective: to reduce the risk of drivers reaching the Q3 top-10 shootout and not making a serious final qualifying attempt in order to save tyres.
Quite why this is taking place a matter of weeks before the season is puzzling and another example of F1 failing to get its collective house in order and tackle problems before they loom too large to resolve. But, as the tyre shenanigans in Q3 is an area that has come under fire from fans, it's a case of better late than never.
Fundamentally, the structure of qualifying is a good one. The three-segment strategy maintains interest throughout and if the backmarker teams can haul themselves onto level terms with the back of the midfield the opening 20-minute sessions could be spectacular this year.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.