The FIA and Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone have revealed that the sport will revert back to the 2015 qualifying format for the next race in China but Mr Ecclestone has confirmed that the sport could introduce a race on Saturday to replace qualifying altogether.

Instead of the current qualifying format, a race would take place on Saturday which would form the grid for Sunday’s race.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bernie Ecclestone stated that the sport may have two races over the course of a Grand Prix weekend which would set the grid. Following the news on Thursday that the sport will back to the 2015 format the FIA released the following statement:

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. 

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