It was announced on Monday that the return to Formula One’s 2015 qualifying format has been officially signed off by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The change was agreed last week when Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt agreed to back down on proposals for further change to the qualifying hour after a new live-elimination format for 2016 flopped at the first two races. The rest of the season will now be conducted under the same Q1, Q2 and Q3 system that was used throughout 2015.
A spokesperson confirmed the return of the 2015 qualifying to the press in this statement as as follows:-
‘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 format, where the slowest six cars are eliminated at the end of the first two qualifying sessions before a final ten-car shootout for Pole in Q3, will return for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.’