By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer
In another flip flop decision, Formula 1 qualifying will NOT revert back to the old style format when the second round of the season happens in Bahrain. This decision stands in contrast to the recommendation of the team principals who voted to eliminate the new knock out style qualifying format after the qualifying disaster in Australia.
It’s another instance of inconsistent messaging for the sport!
The decision was made by the Formula 1 Strategy Group in a meeting Thursday morning and will need to be confirmed by the F1 Commission which should be a foregone conclusion.
The Strategy group considered multiple option such as moving forward in the new knockout format, reverting back to the old format, or combining the two formats. In the end, it was decided to give the new format a second chance in Bahrain since the teams did not fully understand the new format.
After the event in Bahrain, qualifying will be reevaluated.
The knee jerk reaction to changing qualifying to a new format, and then changing it back without reevaluation, is a symptom of a deeper problem within F1 management and its inability to deliver consistent messaging and communication.