Force India team principal Bob Fernley feels it was wrong to scrap the new qualifying format after just one round of races.

Fernley slams qualifying U-turn

Fernley slams qualifying U-turn

The Formula One chiefs opted for the new 'elimination style' qualifying system during the off-season and there were a few eyebrows raised at the time.

And, following the Australian Grand Prix, it was given a thumbs-down by most of the teams and jettisoned after just one outing.

The Strategy Group and F1 Commission have opted to revert to the old system and Fernley feels it was a rushed decision and one that he and his team do not agree with.

"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. I asked for it to be noted that we were strictly against it on principle and time should be given for it."

Force India's Nico Hulkenburg was seventh in Melbourne but his effort did not seem to calm the waters as far as Fernley was concerned.

"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," he added. "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?"


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