Sebastian Vettel unimpressed by qualifying proposals

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Sebastian Vettel has come out in defence of the current qualifying system after Formula One chiefs revealed a proposal is on the table for an extension to the current structure.

The suggested amendments would see a fourth session added to qualifying, with four cars, instead of five being dropped from Q1, 2 and 3.

Following the dull Q2 in Russia, where no competitive fight for the top ten shoot-out took place, leaders in the sport have clearly decided a change is needed in order to bring excitement back to sport.

Despite the plans Ross Brawn and the FIA have, it's unlikely any changes will occur for the 2019 season but suggests fans should expect changes to Saturday's action in the near future.

Speaking at the drivers' conference ahead of the Japan GP, Vettel's opinion on the planned changes were evident.

“I’m just wondering what we will discuss in 10 years’ time, whether we will talk about Q9 and Q10?” Vettel said, per Planet F1.

“Probably not but maybe we should go less. Without going too deep, my personal opinion is nowadays we need too much entertainment to be happy.

“I think it would be nice to settle for something less as well.


“My personal preferred qualifying was back in the day where they had one hour and you can do what you want.

“Obviously qualifying for some people will never be as exciting as the race, but for other people it’s more exciting than the race, so it depends on your taste.

“I think it’s about getting the perfect lap and I don’t think it matters how many qualifying sessions you have.

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“Now we have three and the one that most people look out for is the last one. So if you have Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7… that’s not going to change.”

The 17th race of the season in Japan takes place this weekend, where Sebastian Vettel will look to dig as far into Lewis Hamilton's 46-point lead as he can.

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