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Fierce opposition to new qualifying format

With the first qualifying session of the season now completed, not all is well with even high profile members of the Formula One paddock labelling it a disaster.

Although the first part was exciting with many cars on the circuit, it was the final Q3 session which was the most disappointing with only Mercedes heading out for another run. That would mean that it ended four minutes early with no excitement with drivers in the pitlane.

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff labelled the new qualifying a ‘disaster’, while Red Bull boss Christian Horner said to the BBC it should be scrapped. Sky Sport’s Martin Brundle also branded the new format ‘unacceptable’ and Niki Lauda said it was a ‘big mistake’.

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