The FIA and F1 team officials have decided on the fate of the new controversial qualifying format.  In a meeting at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, it was unanimously decided that from the Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 would revert back to the old qualifying system.

Formula 1 team managers were invited by the FIA to attend a meeting to discuss the future of the new qualifying format introduced for the 2016 season,

The format received heavy criticism from fans, media and team personnel; who called for the revamped system to be binned immediately.

The team managers were invited to bring along their team principals to the meeting. Christian Horner, Toto Wolff, Niki Lauda, Eric Boullier, Franz Tost and Maurizio Arrivabene attended the meeting, and all unanimously agreed to revert to the old qualifying system.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was not in attendance as he isn’t present at the Australian Grand Prix, however has made his views clear to team bosses by phone.

There were two primary options the teams and the FIA discussed in the meeting. The first would be to combine the old format with the new format, where Q1 and Q2 would be run under the new format while Q3 would revert to the previous system of a 12-minute shootout.

The other option, and the eventual outcome, was to revert completely to the old system and completely forgetting about eliminations occurring at 90-second intervals.

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