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.