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Last Updated: Monday, 7 March, 2005, 07:55 GMT
Coulthard bemoans F1 qualifying
David Coulthard
David Coulthard labelled the Formula One qualifying system "kind of farcical" after rain played havoc at the Australian Grand Prix.

The Scottish Red Bull driver profited from this year's aggregate time format, starting fifth and finishing fourth.

But rain during Saturday's qualifying ruined the chances of several top drivers, including Michael Schumacher.

"It totally benefited us, but it's not really what we're here to see. It was kind of farcical," said Coulthard.

Sunday's second qualifying session was redundant in parts, with the gaps between some drivers insurmountable.

And it had a key influence on a largely processional race.

"I just feel strongly about the quali thing that we shouldn't make it too much of a handicap sport," Coulthard said.

"It's like getting Chelsea to drop a couple of men from a few matches just because they're winning too much. It's not fair."

It should be one hour, four laps and you've got to do a lap in every 15 minutes, with all the cars out there
David Coulthard

One of the biggest losers was Brazilian Felipe Massa, whose Sauber left the pit lane on slick tyres moments before the rain started.

"Look at Massa. Poor guy. Slick tyres, rain. And that's his qualifying," said Coulthard.

"All the work and effort, his career, the team and the sponsors - all of that goes up in smoke because he gets rain.

"There is so much more at stake than just a sporting spectacle. There's people's livelihoods.

Coulthard stated his desire to do away with the one-lap formula.

"This whole one lap thing spaced out over an hour is the problem," he said.

"It should be one hour, four laps and you've got to do a lap in every 15 minutes, with all the cars out there.

"I went to a MotoGP last year and in the last five minutes you were on edge because it was great, everyone's out there jockeying for position.

"I don't even think I got excited going out to qualify."





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