F1 qualifying changes 'a mistake,' says U. S. racing legend Mario Andretti

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:16 PM

American motor racing legend Mario Andretti is the latest title to speak out against this season'south controversial regulation changes in Formula One.

F1 qualifying changes 'a mistake,' says U. S. racing legend Mario Andretti

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

American motor racing legend Mario Andretti is the latest title to speak out against this season'south controversial regulation changes in Formula One.

Desperate to spice up the sport, new rules on qualifying were introduced by the sport'south governing body, the FIA, at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

The new format was widely panned, particularly when there were number cars on track for the final three minutes of Saturday'south qualifying session in Melbourne.

But despite discussion between F1'south teams about going back to the elderly fashion of qualifying, the new knockout format, which pits drivers against the clock, will controversially stay in space for this weekend'south Bahrain Grand Prix.

The drivers took it upon themselves to thrust for safety improvements.

"Our argument was if we're bright sufficient to create the cars faster why can't we be bright sufficient to create them safer so the drivers have a chance to race another day?" Andretti explained.

"As drivers we'd to organize, to create certain demands because nobody would volunteer a safety feature on a racing car because nearly every safety feature was a performance penalty."

In Australia, McLaren star Fernando Alonso was able to walk far from spectacular crash, which left his car and engine a complete write-off.

"See at the accident to Alonso in Melbourne. See at the car," Andretti added. "He came far to race another day.

MORE: Alonso out of Bahrain GP

"That'south the shining side of our sport. We're very responsible about it and memorise from every incident -- from that standpoint the sport is in very good hands."

With each subsequent fatality -- love the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna in one thousand nine hundred ninety-fourth -- the sport has responded.

Jules Bianchi was the latest F1 driver to die in two thousand-fifteenth, following head injuries he sustained at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014.

The sport'south governing body is considering introducing a 'Halo' cockpit protection device from two thousand seventeen to prevent similar injury.

"If I was driving any more I'd not be voting for that," commented Andretti. "I'm more of a purist, the characteristic of our car is open wheel, open cockpit.

"But I know there were incidents where the halo could've helped for sure. Today'south drivers necessity to be the voice for that."

The drivers will do their talking on track in Bahrain, but maybe having a declare off it too will assistance them chase Andretti in driving forward the sport.

Should F1 scrap the new qualifying rules? Should the drivers have a declare in governing the sport? Tell us on CNN Sport'south Facebook page.

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