Further analysis of the times from this mornings (UK time) qualifying session reveals that if we used the Q3 times to calculate the 107% rule then HRT wouldn’t of been the only exclusion from the race.
Full details after the break.
Sebastian Vettels pole time of 1:23.453 would of produced a 107% qualification time of 1:29.295 rather than the 1:31.267 used from Q1 to eliminate the Hispania cars.
This is how the rule used to work as we didn’t have the 3 stage qualifying when the 107% rule was last in place. Looking at the dropouts in Q1 paints a poor picture of the state of the new teams that entered last year:
Q1 cut-off time: 1m27.222s 18. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m27.239s 19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m29.254s 20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m29.342s 21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m29.858s 22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m30.822s 23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m32.978s 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m34.293s
The 1:29.295 would of excluded Jarno Trulli’s Lotus and both Virgin cars as well as the Hispania boys. Lotus were really struggling with tire temperatures which slightly explains their drop back towards the back, but with that renault / red bull drive train and gearbox they’ve got to be bitterly disapointed with this.