Brawn questions one-lap qualifying

Ross Brawn has called into question the success of the new one-lap qualifying format introduced in Grand Prix racing this year

Brawn questions one-lap qualifying

The Ferrari technical director has said that, although initially enthusiastic, he remains unsure as to the ability of the system to throw up surprises. His comments come at a time when the rules and the future direction of F1 are under discussion by the technical working group.

"The critical decision to make is about one-lap qualifying," said Brawn. "Any decision does affect the fuel capacity and hence the design of the cars.

"I think the jury is out on single-lap qualifying. I was keen at first but I'm not so sure now. One of the ideas was that the smaller teams would get better exposure and while that happens, in terms of a spectacle, it doesn't really capture the public's imagination."

Brawn also thinks that the new format detracts from the race itself. "One of the idea was that it would give different teams a share of the limelight, but we don't really see that. After a year of racing I think we will find everyone following the same pattern of qualifying and race weight next year.

"At least last year you saw cars on different strategies and overtaking at the start of the race, but you don't get that anymore. That's because you know that the cars are starting the race in the same trim as they qualified, so the pole man is fractionally quicker than the guy who is second, and so on down the field, so there isn't the variation that there was before. I'm not sure it works."

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