Qualifying doesn't need gimmicks

Qualifying doesn't need gimmicks

The WEC and FIA GTs have both tinkered with qualifying this year in a bid to improve the show. Gary Watkins argues the changes have had the opposite impact, robbing qualifying of any drama

A circuit, a race car with driver strapped firmly in and a stopwatch. They're three parts of a simple equation: man (or woman) who laps said circuit in the fastest time equals pole position winner. There seems little need to complicate it.

Yet right now everyone thinks they can improve upon the formula of setting a grid for a motor race. The meddling has been made in the name of the fan, either at the track or watching on TV, but in my world right now, the tinkering has reduced rather than increased the spectacle.

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