Formula 1 qualifying will revert to 2015 format from this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix following the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) ratified the proposal on Monday.
The u-turn follows a letter sent by all F1 teams to the governing body FIA president Jean Todt and F1 commercial right holder Bernie Ecclestone, the sport’s chief executive, expressing their opposition to this season’s new elimination format and a proposed system based on aggregate times.
A statement from the FIA read: “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 One World Championship.
“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.”
The new elimination style qualifying system used in the two opening rounds of the season was largely seen as a non-success.
Finally it was rejected by the F1 teams, who will see this as a huge victory against the pair at the head of the Formula One.