Force India against qualy change

Date published: March 23 2016

Force India team principal Bob Fernley is strongly against Formula 1 going back to their old qualifying format after just one race weekend.

The team bosses across the grid held a meeting on the morning of the Australian Grand Prix and decided that the Strategy Group and F1 Commission would decide whether they are going to continue to use the new elimination-based qualifying format.

As a result of them scrapping the new format in favour of the old, Fernley questioned the decision and called it unprofessional, feeling it was rushed and not even given a chance to be played out.

"When you are making a decision where the end result was to influence the race, how the hell can you make the decision to abandon it before you have had the race?" he told Autosport.

"That was my argument on Sunday, and I still feel that now.

"We didn't vote for it [to be changed back]. I asked for it to be noted that we were strictly against it on principle and time should be given for it.

"I hope that more people will take our position with a bit of time to think about it. The tyres, the qualifying, everything had an impact on this race. Maybe we should wait a little bit more.

"You should not have a knee-jerk reaction. You should let the process go through, and then step back in the calm light of day, pick out what was good and say can we use that?

"Do we need to tweak a few areas? Did we get something terribly wrong? You can address all of them, you don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water."