Ecclestone still against qualifying system

Bernie Ecclestone is still not happy about the new qualifying system, despite the teams having accepted the idea. At a recent meeting between teams and the FIA, it was decided there would be no further major changes to the regulations for this ...

Bernie Ecclestone is still not happy about the new qualifying system, despite the teams having accepted the idea. At a recent meeting between teams and the FIA, it was decided there would be no further major changes to the regulations for this season. This means the one flying lap system will continue but Ecclestone prefers the previous way.

"I am against the current rules for qualification," he told Sport-Bild magazine. "I miss the challenge of the old-style qualification when every driver tried to better his time right at the end of the qualifying period."

Ecclestone thinks the teams are not planning far ahead enough and are only looking at the next race. If he had his way there would be less talk and more laying down of the law.

"They are only thinking of the advantage they can drive for the next race. They never think about the next season," he said, adding that he doesn't believe discussion is the answer. "The teams want more democracy. In my view that will never work. I believe in dictatorship where Formula One is concerned."

While Ecclestone believes Michael Schumacher will win the world title yet again this year, he hopes it won't be as fast as last season: "I just hope it's only on the last bend in the final race," he remarked.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Bernie Ecclestone