Vettel slams aggregate F1 qualifying format idea

Sebastian Vettel has labelled the proposed aggregate qualifying format as a "s*** idea" for Formula 1.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt presented the new aggregate times system to F1 teams on Sunday as they refuse to go back to the 2015 format.

Under the aggregate system, drivers' grid positions would be based on their two best laps in each qualifying session.

"It's time to go to the circus," Vettel told Sky when asked about the proposed new system.

"It's a good idea if you want random things to happen, but Formula 1 should be about racing. It's a s*** idea."

Aggregate system failed before

If the system gets approved, it would not be the first time Formula 1 has had an aggregate qualifying format, however.

Back in 2005, the grid was decided by aggregating the times from two single-lap runs, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The system was ditched after six races, however.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also thinks the aggregate system would be wrong Formula 1.

"Qualifying is one lap, that one perfect lap," said the Australian. "To have an aggregate it starts to sound more like endurance racing or something. I wouldn't be too keen on that, no.

McLaren's Jenson Button, however, believes any change will be for the better given the failure of the current elimination format.

"We'll give it a go. It's all we can say. It's better than this one. I think everything's better than this one.

"I think drivers driving with one eye closed would be better than this one."


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