FIA approves qualifying change for China

By on Monday, April 11, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has officially confirmed that the sport will revert to last year's qualifying format, meaning that the live elimination sessions have been dropped.

Under revised 2016 regulations, drivers were knocked out of Q1, Q2 and Q3 at 90 second intervals, but the format proved unpopular and was heavily criticised.

It was announced last week that the sport would revert to the format used between 2006 and 2015, in which six drivers are eliminated at the end of Q1 and Q2, leaving 10 to compete in the Q3 session.

That decision has now been officially ratified ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

"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," read a statement.

"The format, where the slowest six cars are eliminated at the end of the first two qualifying sessions before a final 10-car shootout for Pole in Q3, will return for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix."

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