Formula One teams have until the end of April to agree 2017 rule changes by majority vote and meetings are scheduled in the coming days.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been given the go ahead for the Chinese GP but his medical state will be reassessed after FP1.
Fernando Alonso fractured his ribs in a crash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 20.
FIA said in a statement that its World Motor Sport Council had voted in favour of the change which will apply for the remainder of the season.
The impasse means the new format introduced, condemned by fans and teams as a failure, will remain in place for Chinese Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel parked up between turns 13 and 14 at Sakhir circuit with a plume of smoke trailing out of the rear of his car.
Spaniard Alonso failed a medical at the Sakhir circuit on Thursday after breaking ribs in a huge Australian Grand Prix crash.
With new qualifying format drawing flak from fans and drivers alike, a new format or restructuring is being considered.
Two sets of chest CT scans were compared and decided that there was insufficient resolution of signs to allow Ferando Alonso to compete on safety grounds.
McLaren also had reason for cheer, with drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button posting the sixth and seventh fastest times in second practice
Toto Wolff welcomed the move to put more strategy in the drivers’ hands, saying it would make races less predictable and more exciting.
It will be the first qualifying session under the new format, in which drivers get a few minutes in each of the three qualifying segments.
Mercedes whose cars pounded out 1,294 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya said a transmission problem was to blame.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth and completed a massive 151 laps on a good day for Ferrari, the day after Kimi Raikkonen had gear box problems.
Lewis Hamilton did 342 laps in total, 156 of them on the first day when the car was still fresh out of the garage.