In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone isn’t considering a return to the old qualifying system.
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Bernie Ecclestone says F1 is like 'Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger' (BBC)
"Ecclestone has said he would like to switch to a different system that either decides the grid by ballot or shuffles the order by adding 'time ballast' to drivers' times based on either the result of the previous race or the championship order."
F1 qualifying changes 'a mistake,' says U.S. racing legend Mario Andretti (CNN)
"The qualifying format last year, and the years before, has been brilliant. The change was a mistake and they should revert back to what it was, but it looks like in Bahrain it will continue."
Ecclestone and Todt to attend second F1 qualifying summit on Sunday (Fox Sports)
"The F1 teams are set to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt on Sunday in Bahrain for further discussions about the qualifying controversy."
Bernie Ecclestone: Drivers are 'windbags' in no position of strength (The Telegraph)
Niki Lauda: "It’s all bull----. This is Wurz alone. He was the master of this. We had nothing to do with it."
Ecclestone in fresh talks for Las Vegas F1 race (Motorsport)
"He also made it clear that a possible race in Las Vegas would be as a second event in the USA, not as replacement for Austin."
Vandoorne reads the manual to get up to speed (Reuters)
"He's been around all day, he's been here beside me and next to the engineers as well and giving his comments about what we should try on the car set-up."
Jolyon Palmer admits Renault were shocked by McLaren's practice pace (Sky)
"Even if they've turned up their engine, their performance is quick today. They look like there are going to have a solid weekend and we were targeting them based on Melbourne."
Hairy moment spooked Celis on debut (Autosport)
"I could feel the rear (tyre) a bit degraded, and I just had some snap oversteer, but it was controlled. That was the determining factor that made me step down a bit."
F1 hosts Azerbaijan and Bahrain feel the squeeze (FT - registration required)
"The Azerbaijan manat has lost more than a third of its value against the dollar since mid-December and the central bank has spent more than half its foreign currency reserves trying to protect it from low oil prices."
Kerb vibrations caused Haas front wing failure (F1i)
"Absolutely nothing to do with (pre-season), it was the complete vibrations which did it here. It just shook too much and then it touched the ground, but nothing to do with the failure because that one – touch wood it’s fixed."
Declining reputation of Formula One in danger of reaching critical mass (The Guardian)
"Practically everything Ecclestone does now can be seen as prejudicial to the long-term health of Formula One."
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