Formula One’s unpopular elimination qualifying system is on course to be dropped after just two races.
The FIA announced on Thursday it had received a letter from all 11 teams refused to accept any alternatives other than a return to last year’s rules.
The sport’s governing body added the change will be in place from the next round of the championship in China once formal approval has been granted.
“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 the FIA in a statement.
“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,” it added.
Further discussions will be held on potential changes for next 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.”
As there are 22 competitors in this year’s championship instead of 20 last year, six drivers would be knocked out in Q1 and Q2 instead of the five which dropped out last year. That will leave ten drivers in the pole position shoot-out. Q1 would last 18 minutes, Q2 15 minutes and Q3 12 minutes.
F1 Fanatic readers overwhelming preferred a return to last year’s qualifying format.
Red Bull has reacted to the news on their Twitter account:
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 7, 2016