MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Carlos Sainz of Spain drives the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Formula One looks set to abandon the controversial new elimination qualifying system in the wake of heavy criticism after its introduction at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted it had not worked, but said he was reluctant to revert to the old system.

The 85-year-old wants to introduce an element of uncertainty in the hope it will hinder Mercedes' domination.

Teams are expected to meet in Melbourne on Sunday to discuss what to do next.