Midfield? Start worrying about the 107% boys!

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.

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