The Formula 1 paddock gives its largely scathing verdict on elimination qualifying’s debut at the Australian Grand Prix

TOTO WOLFF - “It’s pretty embarrassing”

“Nobody tried to really damage the spectacle of qualifying on purpose.

“The basic idea of having a shootout and making it very exciting with a driver dropping out every 90 seconds could trigger variability and a favourite gets it wrong. So the basic concept was not completely stupid.

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“As with many things the devil lies in the detail and we saw today it complicated things at a time when we should simplify them, and there were periods when there were no cars running. At the end it wasn’t exciting.

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