Hamilton, Grosjean doubt new F1 qualifying format will change much

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Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean both doubt that the new format for Formula 1 qualifying will change a great deal.

Earlier this week, the F1 Commission unanimously voted in favor of a new format for qualifying that will see one driver be eliminated every 90 seconds within the existing three-stage structure of the session.

The initial reaction has been mixed, with some criticizing it for its complicated nature while others praise it for encouraging drivers to be on-track, resulting in more for fans to see.

When asked about the changes, set to come into force for the 2016 season, Hamilton said he doubts it will make much difference.

“I don’t really feel like it’s going to change much to be honest. I hope it’s a surprise for us all, I hope it does,” Hamilton said.

“Generally the format should be the same, just put some more focus on getting the laps in, keeping people out, making sure everyone’s out all the time. It would be good for spectators maybe.”

Grosjean echoed Hamilton’s thoughts, believing that the only impact it will have is on a drying track after rain.

“For the top teams it won’t change anything, they just need to go out early and do a good time. For the other ones its going to be a bit tricky,” Grosjean said.

“I think it’s quite a good idea to get cars early in qualifying on track, after that I don’t think it’s going to change a lot unless it’s a drying qualifying. Then it will be a bit more tricky.

“I’m not a huge fan of complicated rules because I think for the people back home it’s quite hard to understand exactly what’s going on. Then I want the car to be out on track, I want us to have more chances to do qualifying laps.

“It’s probably going to be a bit tricky to manage the tire allocation in qualifying because you need to be out early, and then there is track evolution, but why not.”