F1 Teams Set to Re­turn to the 2015 Qual­i­fy­ing Sys­tem

The Economic Times - - Sports -

For­mula One will re­vert to its 2015 qual­i­fy­ing for­mat at next week’s Chi­nese Grand Prix, sources at the gov­ern­ing FIA told Reuters on Thurs­day. The sport had looked set to re­tain its un­pop­u­lar qual­i­fy­ing for­mat in China af­ter teams re­jected a com­pro­mise backed by the gov­ern­ing FIA and called for a re­turn to last year’s ver­sion. Sources said the teams out­lined their united po­si­tion in a let­ter to F1 com­mer­cial supremo Bernie Ec­cle­stone and In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion (FIA) head Jean Todt. The pair had ruled out go­ing back to the old sys­tem at a 90-minute meet­ing with the teams in Bahrain last week­end. Teams agreed at last week­end’s Bahrain Grand Prix to vote by Thurs­day on the com­pro­mise so­lu­tion which would see each driver do at least two laps in each of the three phases of qual­i­fy­ing with the times ag­gre­gated.

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