Formula 1 teams approved a plan last week to introduce a new elimination-style qualifying format that would in theory mix up the field and produce more interesting, competitive races. Scuderia Ferrari wasn’t one of those teams, however, saying they do not ‘accept’ the new format, according to Motorsport.com
The new qualifying format will not be in place in the 2016 Formula 1 season opener in Australia later this month as Bernie Ecclestone was not able to implement a timing solution in time. This has given Ferrari chairman Marchionne time to discuss the new format before it’s officially implemented.
“I think we need more discussions about the new qualifying format,” Marchionne said at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. “We must be careful not to upset the system. I’m not sure Ferrari can accept Bernie’s ideas.”
“We need to understand it better – and I don’t think every team agrees with the proposal,” he added.
Marchionne and Ferrari have plenty of time to make their voices heard, with Ecclestone not planning to fully implement the new qualifying until the Spanish GP in early May.