Formula One will return to the 2015 format of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix after the 11 teams competing in this years World Championship sent a unanimous letter to the FIA demanding the change to the 2015 format and that all other formats proposed would be rejected. The rapid fire elimination format was rammed through the various decision making committees just two weeks before the start of the Australian Grand Prix. The teams knew full well that such a system would be a total mess, yet the FIA and FOM continued to press on. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a complete flop as fewer cars were present on track than before and more time was spent looking at the count down timer rather than the cars themselves. The news was broken in a statement from the FIA, "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. 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." However, don't assume that we are out of the woods completely on this one as Todt and Ecclestone will make an "assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017." Whether this means we will see any meaningful change remains to be seen as the teams can again unanimously vote against whatever proposals the head honchos put forward, but we could be in for another fiasco of attempts to shake things up again for the sake of the "show"... You know, because F1 isn't a sport or anything like that. The Chinese Grand Prix will kick off in a little over a weeks time on the weekend of the 15th of April. Stick and stay with RaceDepartment.com for all the breaking news and analysis.