FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen says he will not shy away from unpopular decisions to make the fastest drivers run first on the road on gravel WRC rounds next season.
The debate over running order has rumbled on all season, but the qualifying and selection process will change for 2014. Mahonen fully understands that change will not suit drivers like runaway world championship leader Sebastien Ogier.
"It looks to me as though we are giving presents to the fastest guys in the circus," said Mahonen. "Let's try to find a solution for this, but this has to be something all the stakeholders agree on. It can be one possibility that the leaders clean the road again."
Asked there would be a change in the qualifying format next year, Mahonen said: "Yes, and we will tell you about it when we are ready.
"I have to say I have been a little bit disappointed that the organizers haven't taken the chance to really promote their rallies through qualifying. I want to see more engagement from the organizers."
Ogier said: "I don't know what is wrong with the [current] format. I am running first in the qualifying stage, so I am a little bit disadvantaged having to sweep the [loose gravel from the surface] of this stage."