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Published: 16:48 | 29/3/16

Wolff warns of more boredom to come in F1

Mercedes boss slams qualification decision

Toto Wolff has blasted the decision by Formula One bosses to keep the new qualification procedure in place for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The new format which features driver-elimination was introduced at the season-opener in Melbourne but it was a huge disappointment with many drivers watching the closing stages of qualification from the garages, having been knocked out.

Within 24 hours F1 bosses had agreed to get rid of the new format but after a meeting with the sport's stakeholders, they agreed to reinstate the rules for the second race of the calendar in Bahrain.

Many within the sport were dismayed at the decision, including Mercedes boss Wolff.

"This weekend we will see the new qualifying system continue after a less-than-impressive debut in Australia," he said.

"The teams were unanimous in their opinion of it on Sunday in Melbourne and it wasn't a positive opinion.

"We haven't found the right format with this change and it's hard to see how it might be more entertaining for the fans this weekend in Bahrain.

"The sport is under scrutiny on this matter, so careful thought is required in order to make coordinated, intelligent steps forward from the position we are in right now.

"The fans want close racing, in a format they can understand, between the best drivers and cars in the world - in that order. We should be capable of delivering that to the people in the grandstands and watching around the world."

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