Qual­i­fy­ing over­haul for this sea­son de­layed Volk­swa­gen rules out en­ter­ing For­mula 1 at the mo­ment due to rules and own­er­ship un­cer­tain­ties

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Volk­swa­gen Group has ruled en­ter­ing F1 at the cur­rent time, cit­ing con­cerns over its un­pre­dictable reg­u­la­tions.

For year there have been ru­mours the man­u­fac­turer would be en­ter­ing F1 but it in­sists a cam­paign is not on the hori­zon.

Volk­swa­gen’s mo­tor­sport boss Wolf­gang Durheimer said: “For­mula 1 is not on our agenda right now. The sit­u­a­tion is not pre­dictable enough to make the kind of in­vest­ment re­quired.

“On the reg­u­la­tions front there are a lot of ru­mours around the en­gine side and the sup­port­ing tech­nol­ogy side.

“Be­fore you com­mit the kind of money needed [to com­pete in F1] you must see five years slow­est driver will be re­moved and each 90 sec­onds the next slow­est will be knocked out.

The fi­nal 14- minute ses­sion will fea­ture eight driv­ers, with the slow­est elim­i­nated af­ter five min­utes. This will con­tinue at 90- se­cond in­ter­vals un­til there is a fi­nal shootout for pole fea­tur­ing two driv­ers in the last 90 sec­onds.

The move is aimed at im­prov­ing the show for fans, but it has led to a mixed re­ac­tion among driv­ers.

“I read them very briefly and I didn’t un­der­stand them,” said Car­los Sainz Jr. “I just hope fans that are not big fans of F1 and just turn on their TV un­der­stand it.”

F1 supremo Bernie Ec­cle­stone had tabled an al­ter­na­tive for­mat, fea­tur­ing time penal­ties for driv­ers who have achieved poles and race wins, but claimed teams ve­toed it.

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