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Existing Formula One qualifying format to stay 28 Jun 2004

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2003-GA and Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault R23B lead off the grid at the start.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, 20 July 2003

The much talked about changes to Formula One’s qualifying format failed to win approval at Monday’s meeting of the Formula One Commission, meaning their widely-predicted introduction at the British Grand Prix will not go ahead.

Prior to the London meeting the team bosses had reportedly agreed in principle to the revisions, which would have seen the existing single-lap format replaced by two 25-minute sessions with multiple cars on track at once vying for the fastest aggregate time.

However, after the failure of the Commission to reach a concensus of opinion it now looks as though the current format, which had already been altered once earlier in the year, will stay until at least the end of the 2004 season.