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Teams agree to revert to previous qualifying format

Team bosses have agreed to return to the previous qualifying session after the knockout idea was considered a complete disaster.

The changes will be made in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix in two weeks time, returning fully to the old qualifying format of three sessions with a free run of laps in each session to make up the grid.

Elimination qualifying was considered a disaster by many, with drivers either running out of tyres, or timing meaning it was either impossible or unrealistic for drivers to defend their position. It came to a head in Q3 when only Mercedes went out for another run, ending the session five minutes before the chequered flag.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed that it would stay for the rest of the season, “That’s what we’ve decided, and maybe we will look at it again for next year.”

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