F1: FIA approves F1 qualifying change

F1: FIA approves F1 qualifying change

FIA, the Formula One’s governing body, has formally approved the return to the 2015 qualifying format in time for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

After the disastrous launch of Formula One’s largely unpopular 2016 qualifying format, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has finally reached a decision and officially decided to revert back to the 2015 qualifying rules.

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FIA President Jean Todt and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has initially ruled out a return to the 2015 qualifying format, but finally backed down after constant pressure from the united opposition.

As reported earlier, instead of adopting the new system, the teams decided to write a letter written to FIA President Jean Todt, and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, stating that F1 abandons the current elimination system and revert to the format used last year. Under intense pressure from the united opposition, FIA President Jean Todt and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has finally agreed to abandon the new elimination format and return to the old 2015 qualifying format.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that its World Motor Sport Council had voted in favor of the qualifying change and added that the decision to return to the 2015 format has now passed the phases of the legislative process.

“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 statement read said, via the Super Sport.

This means that the change has now been approved unanimously by both the F1 Commission, on which there are representatives of all the Formula One team, sponsors and the FIA.

In exchange, efforts would be made over the remainder of this season to consider reform of the race weekend format that could involve a different style of qualifying or sprint race format.

The new F1 qualifying system eliminated F1 drivers over the course of each qualifying round, via a complicated formula that was too difficult to follow for F1 teams. While this new qualifying system couldn’t be changed in time for Bahrain Grand Prix, thankfully it will be gone in time for the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.

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