- May 20, 2010
FIA considers re-instituting 107% qualification threshold to keep out the riffraff
According to emerging reports from the F1 paddock, FIA president Jean Todt is considering re-instituting a threshold in qualifying for each grand prix. Known colloquially as the 107 of the time set by the polesitter. The rule was last enforced in 2002, after which it was taken off the books. But in Todt's eyes, it's about time to bring it back.
Since implementing the regulation mid-season would require unanimous approval of all the teams – including those newcomers who'd be most effected by it – the FIA president (and former Ferrari chief) is looking towards bringing it back for next season, which would only require ratification by 70. For his part, Todt says the measure is not intended to hurt the new teams, but rather force them to get with the program if they wish to compete and not merely fill the grid.
[Source: ESPN | Image: Fred DuFour/AFP/Getty]