The FIA has confirmed that qualifying for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix will revert to the 2015 format after they and Bernie Ecclestone backed down on plans to reform Saturday afternoons.
At a vote of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), it was confirmed that qualifying would revert to the former knockout system used last year from this weekend, and for the rest of the season. Six cars will be eliminated at the end of Q1, with another six at the end of Q2 leaving 10 cars in the ‘top ten shootout’ Q3 session.
Following teams pushing to change back to the former rules, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone have vowed to look at reforming qualifying for next season in a bid to shake up the grid fairly. Suggestions in the past have included reverse grids, aggregated timing, qualifying races and a ballast system.
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