Ross Brawn has defended the current qualifying rules in F1 despite the fact that a number of teams have elected to sit out the final stage of the session in recent races.
With tyre management playing a key role in races this season, a number of teams have elected to sit out Q3 if they haven't been a position to challenge higher than the tenth place already secured by making it through from Q2.
Toro Rosso, Force India and Brawn's own Mercedes GP team are amongst those to have adopted the strategy this season in order to save tyres for race day, with Pirelli chief Paul Hembery having said it is keen to solve the issue.
However, Brawn insists that the strategies currently employed could actually be seen as beneficial to the sport given it strengthens the performance of some smaller teams on race day.
“I think there is two ways of looking at it,” he told ITV-F1.com
. “One is that, perversely, it can add some interest in certain ways: you can have the cars at the back of that pack with new tyres and more opportunity perhaps in the race.
“Our situation at the moment is we've got a gap between ourselves and the top three teams and therefore it's an incentive for us to try and save tyres to be stronger in the race. If we closed that gap down then of course we'd have a bit of a run at it.
“There are ways and means [to eradicate the issue] but I wouldn't always look at what's going on now as completely negative. The crowd are interested in who's setting pole and having some cars at the back of the top ten with new tyres mixes things up a bit. So it can have some positives.”
Brawn added that the only way he felt the issue could be resolved was to allow teams to hand back they use in Q3 to receive a new set for race day.
“I think if you want to eliminate it you've probably got to have a system where the tyres you use on a Saturday in Q3 you give back and you have replaced by Pirelli on a Sunday morning so that there's no incentive to save tyres in Q3,” he said. “I can't think of many other ways that we could avoid the benefit that comes from strategies that here are.”