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F1 goes time travelling, returns to 2015 format

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Bahrain Grand Prix

The FIA has confirmed reports that it plans to return to the 2015 F1 qualifying format with immediate effect, starting with the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.

As reported earlier by Motorsport, where the teams have unanimously rallied against the idea of using the new aggregate system, which will count only drivers’ best two laps. 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.

Such an option had not been made available to F1 teams beforehand, but in light of their unanimous effort, in the end FIA president Todt and CEO Ecclestone agreed to back down.
The proposal to revert to the 2015 style format will now be put forward to the F1 Commission for approval.

Channel News Asia said that if the proposal is approved, the 2015 format will be used in Chinese Grand Prix and for the rest 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,” said an FIA statement, via the FIA.

The F1 Teams originally wanted the 2015 elimination rules to be reinstated immediately after the new elimination format fell flat on its debut at the Australian Grand Prix last month, but the FIA rejected and offered only a hybrid solution for the race in Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Formula One’s traditional qualifying format was first introduced in 2006, with the slowest drivers in Q1 and Q2 only out of the running when each session is completed, rather than at 90-second intervals.

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