Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has called for a swift reaction to fix Formula 1’s new qualifying format after admitting the powers that be “got it wrong”.
The Briton apologised to fans for spoiling the spectacle and has called for a return to the previous format for the next race in Bahrain.
“We should apologise to fans, as that’s not what qualifying should be,” Horner told Sky Sports.
“The intentions were well meaning but we have to accept we got it wrong, accept it quickly, and we should go back to what we had in time for the next race, as what we had was not good for Formula 1.”
Explaining what he thought the problem was, Horner explained that drivers simply saw no point in going out for another run.
“You had Ferraris sitting in the garage as there was no point running again…
“Qualifying should build up to a crescendo, everyone bolting on tyres and seeing what you’ve got, but that didn’t happen… it’s not achieved what the objective was and it’s taken away the spectacle.
“We got it wrong, but we have to accept it and change quickly.
“The intention was to mix the grid up a bit and we have to hold up our hands and say we got it wrong. We gave it a go, it didn’t work, let’s sort it out in Bahrain.”