The FIA has now formally confirmed that F1 will return to the 2015 qualifying system for the Chinese GP.
The news comes after Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone were finally convinced by the teams that the old system was preferable to any of the revisions that were proposed. There will also be a review of the weekend format for 2017.
Although it still has to go to a vote of the F1 Commission and then World Motor Sport Council, that should now be a formality.
A joint FIA/FOM statement said: “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.
“Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone welcomed the idea put forward by the teams to have a global assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017.”