Formula One qualifying nearing return to 2015 format


The FIA and Formula One Management (FOM) have put forward a proposal for Formula One qualifying to revert to the 2015 format after criticism of the system introduced this season.

The new elimination-style process was met with derision following its introduction for the season-opening grand prix in Australia, but it remained in place for the second race in Bahrain.

However, the FIA has now confirmed a plan to return to the format used in previous seasons following a written request from all 11 F1 teams.

If the proposal is approved, the 2015 format will be used in China and for the remainder of the season.

"At the unanimous request of the teams in a letter received today, Jean Todt, president of the FIA, and Bernie Ecclestone, commercial rights holder representative, accepted, in the interests of the Championship, to submit a proposal to the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council to revert to the qualifying format in force in 2015," a joint-statement from the FIA and FOM read.

"This proposal, if approved by the F1 governing bodies, will take effect as from the Chinese Grand Prix and will apply for the rest of the season. 

"Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone welcomed the idea put forward by the teams to have a global assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017."