After two farcical race weekends where the talking point was how shambolic the new qualifying system was rather than the racing, a return to the old format has been officially approved.
Last week, Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt announced that they had finally accepted the unanimous request for qualifying to return to the 2015 format. The pair said that scrapping the detested format was “in the interests of the championship”. Although having Ecclestone’s and Todt’s approval, the application still had to be agreed upon by the World Motor Sport Council and the F1 Commission.
The 26-man F1 Commission agreed to revert to familiar old format at the behest of all Formula 1 teams, personal, and majority of the sport’s fans, while just over five weeks after voting the new qualifying system in, the WMSC also unanimously agreed to drop format and return to the old system from this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
“The World Motor Sport Council today approved, via e-vote, the decision to revert to last season’s qualification format for the remainder of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship,” an FIA statement said.
“The format, where the slowest six cars are eliminated at the end of the first two qualifying sessions before a final 10-car shootout for pole in Q3, will return for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.”
Throughout the course of the 2016 season, Formula 1 teams will undergo a global assessment of the format of the race weekend, with the possibility of an overhaul in 2017.
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