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Formula 1’s New Qualifying Format Is Doomed After 2016 Australian GP Farce

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg may have secured yet another front-row lockout in Formula One qualifying, but the end result was overshadowed by the process in the newly bespectacled eyes of their boss. "Rubbish," was how head of Mercedes motorsport Toto Wolff felt about the new qualifying format, used for the first time at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, per Sky Sports' Matthew Morlidge. And he wasn't the only one. Former grand prix driver Johnny Herbert told the same source how the elimination-style system was "embarrassing" for F1, while Red Bull team principal Christian Horner went a step further, claiming those behind the regulation change "should apologise" and "address it immed...

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