F1’s unpopular qualifying format to be reviewed Sunday

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SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Formula One’s much-criticized new format of qualifying will be reviewed again on Sunday, and Jean Todt, chief of the sport’s governing body, says he’s optimistic there will be the required unanimous agreement to make alterations.

Under the new system, which was used in the season opener in Australia and will be used at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, the slowest driver is eliminated on a rolling basis but produced an anti-climax in Melbourne as drivers accepted elimination rather than use up tires trying to better their times.

A meeting of the F1 Commission in the lead-up to Bahrain failed to get unanimous agreement on how to change it but the FIA has called another meeting for Sunday in which there will be a further opportunity.