The FIA has announced it will reinstate the 107% rule for the 2011 season. Essentially the rule states that drivers whose best times are more than 7% slower than the fastest time set in the first part of qualifying, will not be allowed to start the race. This presents a serious problem for F1's current backmarkers... [read more]

The World Motor Sports Council announced today:

"From 2011, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107% of the fastest Q1 qualifying time will not be allowed to take part in the race. Under exceptional circumstances, however, which may include setting a suitable lap time in a free practice session, the stewards may permit the car to start the race. Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid order will be determined by the stewards."

Had the rule been in place this season, it would have prevented both of the HRT drivers from starting in Bahrain and Malaysia. Lucas di Grassi would have been out of the Malaysian Grand Prix as well, leaving just 21 cars on the grid. Bruno Senna would not have been allowed to start at Barcelona, as he would have failed to qualify by just one-hundredth of a second, and Karun Chandhok wouldn’t have qualified for last weeks Canadian Grand Prix.

The 107% rule was abolished at the end of the 2002 season.

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Editorial: Justin W. Coffey


  1. My main concern about this is that it means the (presumably new) teams that don't make the cutoff are going to miss out on a race's worth of both car and driver development. With the lack of in-season testing, I'm afraid that could really hurt their pace, and keep them from being up to speed for the next race.

  2. Ridiculously stupid.

  3. Good,I'm sick of all these stupid little teams stinking up the show.If they can't get up to speed,then they shouldn't even be allowed to compete.I suggest they spend their money more risely by buying a brand-new GT3 spec Porsche and race in the FIA GT3 series.