It’s safe to say the news that Formula One would be altering its qualifying format as early as this season did not go down well with all Formula One fans.

The new format is as follows:

Q1

-16 minutes duration;

– After 7 minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated;

– Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

– 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2.

Q2

– 15 minutes duration;

– After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

– Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

– 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3.

Q3

– 14 minutes;

– After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

– Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

– 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds.

The final elimination in each session occurs at the chequered flag – not when time is up.

You can see the reactions from Formula One fans on twitter below.

Josh had his own ideas as to why qualifying was changing, apologies for the language.

Jonny doesn’t think it needed changing

Jon Noble made a valid point

Will was part of the few that like the new qualifying format idea

Our very own Connor had a short angry rant

Finally, Grace summed up the mood of many perfectly

What do you think of the new qualifying format? Let us know on our twitter @ReadMotorsport

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