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Formula 1 faces yet another vote on Thursday, with the sports bosses reconvening to
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Formula 1 faces yet another vote on Thursday, with the sports bosses reconvening to discuss whether aggregate qualifying should replace the little-loved current elimination format. The system was heavily criticised again after its second outing in Bahrain and team bosses met with the sports supremo Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt to address the situation.However, no agreement on what to do for the next race in China was reached and a new idea was instead put forward...  How would aggregate qualifying work?A drivers two best times in each of the three knockout sessions are combined to find the aggregate and set the order.How will Thursdays vote go?In a bid to keep cars on track for longer - an obvious flaw in the current format - Q1 would be lengthened to 18 minutes, with the slowest seven drivers eliminated at the end of the session. Aggregate laps for qualy? Vote on the format youd like to see used in qualifying Q2 will follow a similar method; the seven drivers with the lowest aggregate times knocked out after 15 minutes.The top eight would then be decided by their fastest two laps in the 12-minute Q3 session.What difference would it have made in Bahrain?Striving for one-lap perfection at the weekend, Lewis Hamilton ran wide at the final corner on his first run in Q3. Though he went on to set the fastest ever time at the Bahrain International Circuit, with an aggregate format the Mercedes driver would have started third on the grid behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel. To stress the obvious: the fastest lap would no longer necessarily result in pole position.However, with a minimum two laps required from each driver per session, the criticism that there are not enough cars on track would at least have been a thing of the past. What would teams do to combat the system?With the aggregate system, drivers would be punished for any errors - such as Hamilton in the case above - and could therefore opt for more bankers. Its feasible teams would advise their drivers not to go for broke on a lap in case they made a mistake and slipped down the order.Strategy would be key. Teams could put fuel in for one more lap and run two consecutive fliers only to be usurped by a rival who has used new sets of supersofts on two separate stints, at the beginning and end of the session. Simon Lazenby is joined by Ted Kravitz and Martin Brundle to discuss whether an aggregate qualifying system would work Would it shake up the grid?One change F1 is certainly striving for is extra unpredictability - even though fans will stress that last years qualy format provided just that.Elimination qualifying was seen as the best way of providing grid upsets. However, the only notable unpredictability the format has thrown up so far is Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez not making it out of Q1.But the new proposed format may result in even fewer surprises.Take Pascal Wehrlein, one of the standout performers in Bahrain, who squeezed the life out of the Manor with a superb lap to jump into 16th. Force India werent expecting the F1 rookie to trouble Perez and didnt have enough time to counter. When is the Chinese GP on Sky? Sky Sports is the only place to see all the action from Shanghai But using the aggregate system, the Mexican would have finished comfortably ahead of Wehrlein with two laps in the 1:32s.Stoffel Vandoorne - another youngster who made a name for himself in the desert - also wouldnt have made it out of Q1 if this format was adopted in Bahrain, assuming Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas set a second flying lap.The final four shootout between Ferrari and Mercedes may run to a familiar beat with the leaders chasing quick-but-not-risky laps to set an impressive aggregate time.But other drivers, particularly those in less-fancied cars, would now need to produce two special laps rather than one to either proceed to the next qualy stage or produce a stand-out result. What about the fans?Aggregate qualifying may be slightly ahead of the elimination format in our vote, but its clear to see F1 fans would prefer a return to 2015s system. It was easy to follow, simple to understand and rewarded the fastest lap with pole.While fans would no longer need to be almost permanently looking down at a clock to check who was going to be counted out next, the aggregate system also appears to have its flaws when it comes to complexity.Moments like Hamiltons record-breaking lap in Bahrain to snatch pole could be eliminated, with fans instead needing to grab a calculator to check if his next fastest lap has given him a leading combined time.Todt, however, is confident the aggregate format will be right for all parties.You need to be patient, by Thursday you will have all the information, he said. I hope that fans will be happy. Will it make a difference for tyres?Sky Sports understands that Pirelli will provide extra sets of tyres for the Chinese GP should aggregate qualifying be approved, though teams could still have to set qualifying laps on used tyres to save rubber for the race. Is it time to change the qualifying format after just two races of the new season? Some of F1s leading drivers have their say What do the drivers think of aggregate qualy?Its fair to say the drivers sound less than enthused by the prospect.Its time to go to the circus, said Sebastian Vettel. Its a good idea if you want random things to happen, but Formula 1 should be about racing. Its a s*** idea.Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, stressed: Qualifying is about that one perfect lap. To have an aggregate, it starts to sound more like some form of endurance racing.Jenson Button, however, felt anything would be an improvement on the current format: Drivers driving round with one eye open is better than this one. And to the teams support aggregate qualy?Red Bulls Christian Horner, who rejected the proposition of a hybrid of the elimination system and 2015s, said: No one likes the current system, so this idea is a step in the right direction. It at least has elements of the 2015 system, which is what the teams prefer.Ferraris Maurizio Arrivabene claimed it doesnt sound that bad while Claire Williams said: It is quite a well thought through proposal that the FIA have come up with and hopefully it will be a solution that will work for everybody, and that will be be easy for our fans to understand.However, asked if aggregate times are a kick in the stomach for F1 purists, Mercedes Toto Wolff said: I think the kick is even lower than that. What happened with F1s last aggregate experiment?It was 11 years ago that F1 last aggregated two qualifying times to set the grid.After Michael Schumacher and Ferraris domination of the 2002 season, when the German won his third consecutive world title by July with a record six races to spare, F1s rulemakers introduced new measures to increase unpredictability in the sport - with changes to qualifying at the heart of them. Ted Kravitz interviews F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone on F1 Qualifying and other topics Between 2003 and 2005 various versions of single-lap qualifying were devised, with the latter year seeing an aggregate system adopted. Across two sessions - one on a Saturday afternoon followed by a second on Sunday morning - drivers would complete single flying laps, with their two times combined to determine their position on the grid.However, the new idea proved unpopular with fans and, with TV companies not carrying the Sunday session live, aggregate qualifying was binned after five races to be replaced by one single-lap session on Saturday. The three-part Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout system was then introduced to more successful effect in 2006.Dont miss the F1 Report: Bahrain GP on Wednesday night at 8.30pm when The Times Kevin Eason and Ben Hunt of The Sun will join Natalie Pinkham to review events in the desert Every race live in 2016 Sky Sports F1 brings you every race live in 2016. 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You got to play the game, the right way. Weve got to battle every night like we aint won nothing. Last year is last year. After ring night is over with, now its a new season and everybody is gunning for us every night and we have to understand that. The honeymoon stage is over. Its time to play some real ball and be physical, especially in the trenches. Giving up 78 points (in the paint) is ridiculous. Weve got to man up. Everybody.James manned up to the tune of 27 points and 13 assists, a championship-level performance on a night when he showed up dressed as a World Series champion: He arrived at the arena in a Cubs uniform to honor a World Series bet with buddy Wade.Kyrie Irving added 20 points and eight assists, but the Cavaliers matched their longest losing streak in a year.Chicago dominated Cleveland 78-60 in the paint, outrebounded the Cavaliers 49-33 and came out on top despite shooting 3 of 18 on 3-pointers. It was a big turnaround for the Bulls coming off a loss to the Lakers.I think we know what were capable of if we play basketball the right way and do what were supposed to do, Butler said.DOWN THE STRETCHThe Bulls used a strong third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an 88-80 lead. And they withstood several pushes in the fourth to knock off the defending NBA champions.Kevin Love nailed a 3 to cut the lead to 103-99 with about 4 minutes lleft, but the Bulls hung on.ddddddddddddWade drove for a layup to make it 107-101 with 2:39 remaining. Nikola Mirotic then stole the ball from James, leading to a putback basket for Wade.Mirotic came up with another big play when he blocked a 3 by Irving with 1:11 left to cause a shot-clock violation.KING CUBJames clearly wasnt thrilled about having to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform after he rooted hard for his hometown Cleveland Indians in the World Series. But he was a man of his word, honoring the wager he made with Wade, his good friend and former Miami Heat teammate.James wore a No. 23 Cubs jersey with his last name stitched across the back, a Cubs hat partially covered by a Cubbie-blue hoodie, pinstripe pants and long baseball socks. James uniform even had the 2016 World Series champions shoulder patch.I actually thought he looked good, said Wade, who was waiting for James when he arrived at the arena and took a picture of his ex-teammate. He actually did look like a baseball player.The two hugged before tipoff and had some playful moments during the game.James patted Wade on the backside as they ran down the court together after he hit a tough fadeaway jumper over his pal in the third quarter. Wade returned the favor after burying a 3 in James face moments later.TIP-INSCavaliers: G/F Mike Dunleavy Jr. missed his second consecutive game because of a concussion.Bulls: Rondos triple-double was his first with the Bulls and the 29th of his career. ... Butler has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. ... With the Bulls playing four times in five days, coach Fred Hoiberg said Wade wont travel to Dallas for Saturdays game. ... Hoiberg said F Doug McDermott (concussion) could be cleared for contact shortly and might practice with the D-Leagues Windy City Bulls.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Atlantic Division leader Toronto on Monday.Bulls: Visit Dallas on Saturday. ' ' '
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