F1 qualifying and all that jazz…

I’m delighted to see that the FIA has now confirmed that qualifying will go back to the 2015 format. It was the only sensible thing to do. Some are reporting this as being a victory for the F1 teams, but that’s not what it was. It was a victory for good sense and for the sport. I don’t see any reason why the federation and the Formula One group would back off in the face of the teams, but rather I think that they realised that to go on messing about with qualifying was damaging the sports relationship with the fans. And fans are important, if you stop and think about it. They are F1’s biggest asset.

Credibility is important to a governing bodies and I see this decision as recognition that the time was right to compromise. Losing more credibility will help neither the FIA nor FOM. Credibility is power.

If it was just a fight with the teams I see no reason why they would have backed down. This was bigger than that…