F1 team principals are set to meet in the Melbourne paddock on Sunday to discuss how to address the issue of qualifying after the new system made a disastrous debut.
Although he is back in Europe Bernie Ecclestone has organised the meeting, having called the bosses in the last few hours to canvas their opinions.
The intention is to come to a unanimous agreement and present a letter to the FIA outlining their views on what can be changed in time for the Bahrain GP. The rules can be changed quickly if all parties agree, although the process will clearly have to be fast tracked through.
The two possible scenarios are either a return to the previous qualifying system or a package of revisions to the elimination system which will most likely involve Q3 running to the old rules, which will ensure that cars are running at the end of the session.
“I think firstly we should apologise to the fans and the viewers because that’s not what qualifying should be,” said Christian Horner. “It should crescendo into something. The intentions were well meaning but we have to accept that it hasn’t worked, we got it wrong, and we should address it very quickly. My personal view is that we should go back to what we had in time for the next race, because what we saw today is not good for F1.
“I didn’t like the fact that the fast cars didn’t have a right to reply. You’ve got Ferraris sitting in the garage because there’s no point in them running again. Qualifying should build up to a crescendo, and everybody bolts their last set of tyres in the last couple of minutes, and you see what you’ve got.”