Formula One Defers Decision on New Qualifying System

Updated: 03 April 2016 18:28 IST

Formula One teams and fans alike are unhappy with the new qualifying format that was implemented at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix

Formula One Defers Decision on New Qualifying System
Bahrain Grand Prix is the second race of 2016 © AFP

Sakhir:

A meeting of Formula 1 organisers and teams in Sakhir on Sunday failed to decide on a new qualifying system for the sport with a further meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss a proposed new format. (Read more Formula 1 stories here)

The current rolling-elimination format used in Australia and Bahrain had been heavily criticised due to fan confusion and lack of on-track action. But so far the teams had not come up with the requisite unanimous agreement to change the rules.

The teams lobbied in Sunday's meeting for a return to the old qualifying format of recent years, but the sport's governing body FIA and commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone would not agree to that.

A confidential new format of qualifying was proposed by the FIA which will be the subject of Thursday's meeting.

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Highlights
  • The new qualifying format was introduced at the Australian Grand Prix
  • The next FIA and F1 teams meeting is scheduled for Thursday
  • Bahrain is the second race of 2016
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