At the driver entrant level it would be unfortunate if given for example a strict three member team that the interested and enthusiastic fourth place qualifier was not eligible to advance even though their times could have qualified them in a globally open challenge.
It is very often the case with bracketed eliminations that two or more very good players or teams are in the same bracket and another bracket is more evenly balanced or has fewer better competitors. The "best" don't always win and may not reach the finals.
Of course it wouldn't matter if alongside national team entries privateers are allowed on the grid.
Edited by John Woods, Jan 11 2018 - 06:50 AM.