F1 teams unanimously agree to ditch new qualifying format

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

The new qualifying format that Formula One implemented for the start of the 2016 season has been scrapped after teams and the FIA met following a horrendous qualifying session on Saturday for the Australian Grand Prix.

The live-elimination system has been ditched in favor of the previous format that will be used for the next round in Bahrain.

The rule change will still need to be approved by the Strategy Group and F1 Commission before it can be sent to the World Motor Sport Council, as per the usual agenda.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.