Soo what do you guys think about the new qualifying format?
I first through it was outrageously stupid but then after thinking about it more it does have some power to improve the racing. I think it has some flaws in it.
First to me it seems track position out of pits is key. You want to be one of the first out in every session. That allows you to drive in clean air and helps to get more than one try. Come out the pits later and you are stuck in traffic. The engine that can sit longest on the pit exit without overheating will be first ones out of the pits. On dirtier tracks this can become more complicated though. It can create some funny moments when people try to pass and defend to keep ther positions or gain one on outlaps.
It also has the effect that it reduces the number of cars on track. In 2015 and 14 pretty much all the cars kept driving and did more than one attempt in most sessions. Now with the elimination some of those cars are sitting pits instead. Also cars which need some parts change have much less chance to make it into q1. By the time their equipment has been fixed they are too late to set a time. There will also be many instances when someone gets dropped out just because someone else caused a yellow or red flag.
Then there is the surprise or chaos factor. I don't think anything changes in p1-p4. The biggest changes happen in positions 6-12. Due to the dropout system there will be many cases where simple mistake can drop you from 6th to 12th. Or effectively out of q3. So the chaos factor mostly applies to the mid field imho. The system can also change the top2 slightly. I think it will be very equal between hamilton and rosberg in terms of who gets p1 becuase it will be more random. But not random enough for ferrari to get p1.
It is imho kinda messy and if the goal was to make top positions more random it doesn't succeed in that. Mid field racing can improve but it can also make mercedes domination seem even more strong becuase the midfield cars fighting amongst themselves will slow them down and allows top teams to run away.
I would have like a q1+q2 type of quali. First everybody goes out and sets fast lap times. Top 10 continues to q2. In q2 drivers go out individually in random order one by one using the tires they used in q1. Each driver gets one lap. Then drivers (who made it into q2) start the race on those tires.