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Sanity Returns: FIA confirms going back to 2015 qualifying format

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/35987323

Formula 1 is set to return to its 2015 qualifying format after teams won a power battle with the sport's bosses.

An elimination qualifying system was used at this season's first two races but met with widespread criticism.

Jean Todt, president of governing body the FIA, and F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone have now agreed a return to last season's format is "in the interests of the championship".

It could be in place for next week's Chinese Grand Prix.

Todt and Ecclestone had been adamant there would be no return to 2015.

But their hand was forced by a unanimous stance from all 11 teams, saying they would not back another new proposal.

Why did teams make a stand?

Todt and Ecclestone had said at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix that they wanted to try out a new aggregate system that would see each driver's two fastest laps count for their grid position rather than just one.

This was initially proposed at a meeting between the teams, Todt and Ecclestone on Sunday, after the elimination format produced long periods of no action on track for the second race in a row.

But the teams decided enough was enough and insisted in a letter sent on Thursday that the new proposal added unnecessary complexity.

They said they would only back a return to the 2015 system, which this year would mean three knock-out sessions with the six slowest cars eliminated at the end of the first two before a shoot-out for pole between the 10 drivers remaining.

Why did Todt and Ecclestone back down?

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Bernie Ecclestone told teams he wanted a change to the qualifying format less than a month before the start of the season
The teams handed Todt and Ecclestone an olive branch by offering to look into a change of qualifying format for 2017.

Their dual position was enough to force Todt and Ecclestone to back down.

The FIA released a statement on Thursday saying that "in the interests of the championship" Todt and Ecclestone would "submit a proposal… to revert to the qualifying system in force in 2015".

This still has to be passed by the final two stages in the legislative process, the F1 Commission and the FIA World Council, but an FIA spokesman told BBC Sport he was "optimistic" it would be approved and that the 2015 format would be used from the next race in China on 15-17 April.

The statement added Todt and Ecclestone "welcomed the idea put forward by the teams to have a global assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017".
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April 7, 2016 by Joe Saward
I’m delighted to see that the FIA has now confirmed that qualifying will go back to the 2015 format. It was the only sensible thing to do. Some are reporting this as being a victory for the F1 teams, but that’s not what it was. It was a victory for good sense and for the sport. I don’t see any reason why the federation and the Formula One group would back off in the face of the teams, but rather I think that they realised that to go on messing about with qualifying was damaging the sports relationship with the fans. And fans are important, if you stop and think about it. They are F1’s biggest asset.

Credibility is important to a governing bodies and I see this decision as recognition that the time was right to compromise. Losing more credibility will help neither the FIA nor FOM. Credibility is power.

If it was just a fight with the teams I see no reason why they would have backed down. This was bigger than that…
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I saw this headline on F1.com. My only worry is the wording. It says "Formula One qualifying is expected to return to last year’s system from next weekend’s 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix, it has been announced. Why expected? Why not confirmed? Does it mean the people running the show with their heads up their ass could still change their minds like they did between Australia and Bahrain? Still plenty of time left from now until the race weekend for these guys to sit on the toilet and overthink things.



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Reportedly, it has been confirmed after Todt convinced Ecclestone, + all teams were this time unanimous to go back to the 2015 format.
The social media onslaught of negativity must finally have registered.
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This still has to be passed by the final two stages in the legislative process, the F1 Commission and the FIA World Council, but an FIA spokesman told BBC Sport he was "optimistic" it would be approved and that the 2015 format would be used from the next race in China on 15-17 April.
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Thank goodness. You could see from Australia that it simply wasn't going to work unless you tweaked the hell out of it, but then we would need all need manuals or graphics all over the screen to attempt to understand what the heck was going on.



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Tens of millions of fans are going to be thrilled. I know I am.

Maybe I might even go to COTA this year after all.
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