Perez not in favour of new F1 qualifying format


Force India driver Sergio Perez remains unconvinced by Formula One's new qualifying format ahead of the opening round of the 2016 season in Melbourne. 

A shake-up of qualifying will see drivers eliminated at 90 seconds intervals after a certain point in each of the three sessions. 

In Q3 only two drivers will be left on the track in the final minute and a half, and Perez believes the change now makes things "boring".

"I think the last 3 minutes will be more boring than in the past because people are pushed to go earlier," the Mexican said.

"For instance, if we are in Q3 and we use a single set of tyres we will have to go early. You won't have the usual thing in the past when you used to see two or three cars at the last minute. 

"I think you will lose a bit of that in Q3 which was the most interesting session for the fans.

"Q1 could be more interesting in terms of traffic because people will be rushing to put the lap together in the first seven minutes. Monaco will be very interesting at the beginning with the cars out there but it will be interesting to see how it goes."

The 26-year-old added: "I am not in favour of it, I think qualifying was already good, but let's wait and see. 

"Let's be more positive with the new format and see how it goes but at the moment I am not in favour of the new system."

Perez also spoke about the new limitations on radio communication which sees drivers become even more unaided from their team during a race, but while he admits it makes things harder for drivers, Perez believes it will not impact the spectacle. 

"It's quite easy, at the end of the day you have a lot of information on the dash," he added. "You just have to look after yourself. 

"It might create a bit of a trouble, but I think it puts the driver into a position that is unnecessary because I don't think it will change anything for the fans or the sport. But it puts extra load to the driver."