The FIA has confirmed the unpopular elimination qualifying format has been dropped just two races after it was introduced.
Formula One will revert to last year’s qualifying system with immediate effect.
“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 FIA announced in a statement.
“The format, where the slowest six cars are eliminated at the end of the first two qualifying sessions before a final ten-car shoot-out for pole in Q3, will return for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.”
The elimination qualifying proposal was approved two weeks before the start of the season but was widely criticised following its introduction at the Australian Grand Prix. The system again failed to find favour after being used again in Bahrain.
With F1 teams unanimous in their desire to return to the previous system, the FIA eventually agreed to it being replaced.
The three-stage knock-out qualifying format was first introduced at the beginning of the 2006 season. However the FIA announced last week its president Jean Todt, commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 teams are to discuss “a global assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017”.
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