Max Verstappen sceptical over new qualification format ahead of Saudi Arabian GP

By Daniel S

March 14, 2023

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has raised concerns over the new qualification format ahead of the Saudi Arabian GP. For the unversed, different tires will be used for different qualifying. However, the current Q1, Q2, and Q3 format will stay within the test. Each qualifying run will use a different tire, with Q1 running hards, Q2 mediums, and finally, Q3 will run on softs.

This is a strange-looking test as grip levels will start very low at the beginning of qualifying. It is seen as the improvement of the spectacle for viewers. However, this might not be beneficial for the sport. Meanwhile, the top-standing driver, Verstappen has explained why the new format is not good for the sport.

“I hope it’s not going to be cold in Imola, otherwise it’s going to be tricky!” Max joked with Planet F1.

“I don’t think we need to actually do these kinds of things in qualifying. I don’t really see the benefit of it.

“It’s better if we make sure that all the cars are close to each other and more competitive, instead of spicing things up in that way, which I think is yeah, probably for the show.”

I think it’s just for the entertainment purpose: Max Verstappen

The renowned driver feels that the new format is just to add the entertainment value for the fans.

“Yeah, I just think it’s for the show,”the Red Bull driver said. “I think we don’t need that.

“When you see the qualifying we had [in Bahrain], how close everything was, you don’t really need to change anything.

“We’ll see once we try it, but I don’t think there’s a need to change something that is working well.”