SINGAPORE – Formula One is considering holding races to determine the starting grid at certain grands prix next year, the president of the sport’s governing body Jean Todt said on Saturday, but the idea was slammed by leading drivers.
"It’s part of discussions and again it’s how to make the sport better, how to make the sport more attractive, always trying to find new ideas," said the Frenchman who heads the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
"I will say it’s a work in process and no decision has yet been taken."
Formula One qualifying takes place in three phases over an hour on Saturday under the current format.
Five of the slowest cars are eliminated at the end of each of the first two phases with pole decided in a final session with 10 cars.