Stewards won't enforce 107% rule

Thursday 13-March-2014 09:39

Charlie Whiting has all but stated that the 107 percent qualifying rule will not be enforced this weekend in Australia.

During the final pre-season test in Bahrain, several drivers fell short of the mark which sparked concerns some may miss the 107 per cent time as the teams struggle to adjust to the new rules.

However, it appears that drivers will be given a pass as FIA race director Whiting says the stewards will be lenient.

"I think the 107 per cent rule was introduced to make sure that teams that weren't capable of producing a good car that was of the required performance wouldn't actually get into the races," said Whiting

"What we have out here at the moment are 11 teams that we know are capable. They may be suffering a temporary performance loss but I'm sure the stewards will look very sympathetically on any team that doesn't make the 107 per cent.

"There is a mechanism in the rules to allow that to be done in exceptional circumstances."

As for fears that we could have a grand prix in which most drivers fail to finish, Whiting reckons this is "quite unlikely" but that the race will be stopped if everyone retires.

"I think a lot of these Doomsday scenarios are quite unlikely, knowing Formula 1 teams and how efficient they actually are. But if it came to the situation where no cars were actually running, we'd simply stop the race - because there wouldn't be much of one, would there?

"If the race couldn't be restarted as the rules say, then the results would be declared on the lap prior to the one during which the race was stopped and whoever was running at that time would be the winner."

"If cars do indeed start breaking down left, right and centre, it sounds as though Safety Car driver Bernd Maylander will have a busy afternoon in store.

"I don't think it's going to affect the use of the Safety car at all. If a car stops and it's in a dangerous position then we'll use the Safety Car. We can't do anything else really."

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