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Finally FIA confirms return to F1 2015 qualifying format

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Finally FIA confirms return to F1 2015 qualifying format

Finally FIA confirms return to F1 2015 qualifying format

Formula One is set to revert to the 2015 qualifying format from the Chinese Grand Prix following the governing body FIA and Bernie Ecclestone agreed to a request from F1 teams, Sky Sports revealed.

The revert follows the decision of the teams to write to FIA president Jean Todt and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone urging a return to last year’s format following they rejected a proposal to introduce an aggregate laps system.

Recently F1 teams bosses write letter urging 2015 qualifying return

Formula 1 team bosses on Thursday pleaded with authorities to revert to last year’s successful format.

With the ‘musical chairs’ system slammed on all sides after Australia and Bahrain, the teams made clear their desire to scrap it but the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone have ruled out simply going back to the 2015 format.

The teams have instead been asked for their input on a brand new system for China and beyond, where two laps per driver in the Q1, Q2 and Q3 segments would be aggregated.

But ahead of the vote on Thursday, it emerged that the eleven team bosses have signed a letter addressed to Ecclestone, his paymasters at CVC and FIA president Jean Todt, urging them to revert to the 2015 format.

The BBC said the bosses claim aggregate qualifying would only add more “complexity”.

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