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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 July, 2004, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
No changes to F1 qualifying
Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone thinks the current qualifying system is boring
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has failed in his attempt to change the controversial qualifying system in time for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Eccelestone wants two 25-minute sessions, with grid positions decided by aggregate times, instead of the one-lap system which is currently used.

The teams reneged last month on an agreement to implement the changes.

And now the sport's governing body, the FIA, says there is not time to vote on revised changes before the weekend.

The format for qualifying has been modified twice already since the end of last season and Ecclestone is annoyed that the planned further changes have been put on hold.

"I'm very frustrated. What we've got is no good," he told BBC Radio Five Live at last weekend's French Grand Prix.

"I don't care if people don't agree, but when they agree and then change their minds.... that's what little girls do, not grown men."

The proposed changes could be scuppered by objections from sponsors.

They have been influenced by new TV viewing figures, which suggest that qualifying is more popular this year than last.

Some of the smaller teams are also worried that, if the one-lap system is abandoned, coverage of their cars will be reduced as editors focus on the big names.




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