V8 Supercar driver Alex Davison is concerned that the category’s unique qualifying system for this weekend’s Albert Park 400 at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix will be too confusing for the fans.
Following this evening’s qualifying session, the fastest driver will select a random number between eight and 20 out of a hat. The number chosen will determine how much of the top of the grid will be inverted before tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout.
So, should the fastest driver draw the number 11 for example, the top 11 drivers will be inverted, and he will miss out on a spot in the Shootout.
But the new system hasn’t been met with universal praise, with Davison unsure of whether the complicated format is necessary.
“It’s hard enough for us drivers to understand – I’m not a fan of the new format,” he said.
“I really don’t think it’s necessary. V8 Supercar racing is exciting enough as it is without having to introduce novelties and gimmicks, and I don’t think it will improve the spectacle.
“There’s no lack of overtaking in our category – actually it’s one of the few in the world where the racing is always close. Sure, it will be good to watch a guy who qualifies on pole start from 15th – but not the bloke who starts on pole, but should be back in 15th.”
Ironically, Davison was fastest in this morning’s first practice session. A second practice will be held at 4:10pm, before qualifying at 6:30pm.