The question of precisely how Formula One can spice up the business of qualifying – and inject more unpredictability to the eventual Grand Prix grid line-up - is something which has preoccupied the rule makers for years.
First we had an open-house, free-for-all, predictable only in the sense that Ayrton Senna would sit in the cockpit of his McLaren-Honda, enjoying the shade of the pit garage and timing things to perfection to make sure he went into his final - and usually pole-winning run - with a matter of seconds to spare before the chequered flag fell.
Subsequently this format was succeeded by a one-car, one-lap Indy-style shootout which seemed like a good idea at the time, but never quite hit the mark as far as spectator entertainment was concerned.
Then that was ditched for the three-stint qualifying format which ended up with a top-ten shoot-out, each of the competitors running with the fuel load they had chosen for their first leg of the race.
Now the F1 teams are scheduled to meet on December 4 to discuss the merits of another proposed new qualifying format which would, some believe, spice things up dramatically and really offer the spectating public a worthwhile dose of high octane entertainment on a Saturday afternoon.
The idea under consideration involves all the cars going out onto the circuit at the same time, and carrying the same amount of fuel, with the slowest competitor being flagged into the pits at the end of each lap.
After 14 laps the remaining six drivers would fight for pole position and the remaining places on the front three rows of the grid, fitting new tyres but still with the same fuel loads.
If there is agreement on the proposal, I understand the idea is to submit the whole plan to the FIA for its formal approval. Equalling out the fuel loads could be the magical catalyst to offer more bang for the spectators' increasingly hard-earned bucks.