Leading Formula 1 figures have failed to reach an agreement over the qualifying format, despite the new system failing to deliver in the opening two rounds of the 2016 season.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, FIA President Jean Todt and Pirelli’s Paul Hembery met with teams in Bahrain this afternoon to discuss a possible change to the existing qualifying format.
Despite 90 minutes of talks, no agreement was reached, with another meeting scheduled for next week to resolve the batter.
According to Mercedes motorsports chief Toto Wolff, Ecclestone and Todt were unwilling to revert to the old format - something teams were keen on.
New qualifying format
In a bid to spice up the show, Formula 1 introduced a new qualifying format this season in which drivers were eliminated every ninety seconds after a certain interval has passed.
But the plan backfired, with teams preferring to set their lap times early on, leaving an empty track at the end of the session.
This eluded fans of a late-qualifying pole position shoutout, leading to widespread backlash on social media.
by Rachit Thukral