F1 is set to return to the 2015 qualifying format after Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA agreed to the request from the teams.
Team bosses met earlier on Thursday to decide on the new proposed aggregate qualifying format. In an unusual move, all the teams unanimously agreed in a letter sent to the FIA and Ecclestone not to go ahead with the proposed aggregate format but to revert back to the 2015 format.
With the teams standing united on this matter, the FIA and Ecclestone agreed that the way forward for the sport is to agree to go back to the 2015 format.
“At the unanimous request of the teams in a letter received today, Jean Todt, President of the FIA, and Bernie Ecclestone, commercial rights holder representative, accepted, in the interests of the Championship, to submit a proposal to the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council to revert to the qualifying format in force in 2015,” read a statement by the FIA
“This proposal, if approved by the F1 governing bodies, will take effect as from the Chinese Grand Prix and will apply for the rest of the season,” the statement continued
“Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone welcomed the idea put forward by the teams to have a global assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017. “