Formula 1 planned to trial new qualifying system at Barcelona test

Formula 1 discussed a plan to run a simulation of the new qualifying format during the second pre-season test, Autosport has learned

Formula 1 planned to trial new qualifying system at Barcelona test

Following a meeting of the F1 Commission in Geneva last Tuesday it was decided a new elimination system would be implemented from the Australian Grand Prix.

It was during the meeting a suggestion was aired that to fully understand the intricacies of the changes a practice run be held at some stage over the four days of the second test at Barcelona.

The proposal was for only 11 cars - one from each team - to take part, an idea that was eventually rejected following discussions.

Rosberg: Qualifying situation 'not very professional'

Ultimately, no sooner had the FIA confirmed a change would be introduced than F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was forced to put its arrival on hold due to issues over Formula One Management being able to ready the software in time.

Ecclestone, who had the support of the promoters at the Commission - leaving the teams with little option but to also vote in favour - has since suggested the qualifying scheme could be brought in for the Spanish Grand Prix in mid-May.

But Autosport understands with numerous talks going on behind the scenes, and with apparent opposition growing, it may yet be put on hold until next season.

BEN ANDERSON: F1 is focusing on questions nobody asked

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has suggested the new qualifying - in which the slowest driver would be eliminated every 90 seconds through the three stages until the poleman is left standing - needs greater thought.

Autosport understands that although Ferrari voted in favour a week ago, its stance is now wavering.

"We have to discuss the situation a little bit more deeply. We have to be careful not to flip the system too much," said Marchionne, speaking at the Geneva Motor Show.

"I am not sure what Bernie suggests could be supported by Ferrari, and I don't believe all the teams support it."

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