Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2011

Domenicali wants qualifying rules change

2011 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says the qualifying rules should be changed to stop drivers aborting flying laps.

Four of the ten drivers in the final part of qualifying at Suzuka did not set times. Three drivers did the same in Singapore.

Domenicali said: “Once again today, as has happened before during this season, we have seen cars – no less than four in Q3 – give up on doing a flying lap.

“Far be it for me to criticise those who made this choice, which is absolutely respectable from a technical point of view, I think it shows something is not right in the way qualifying is run and we should give it some careful thought for the future, because I don’t think it’s such a good thing for the spectators in the grandstand, who, I must say here are amazing in the way they make you feel their passion for Formula 1 and for those who are watching on television.”

Renault chief race engineer Alan Permane explained why neither of their drivers did a run in qualifying:

“We decided that in a straight fight in Q3 we would have struggled to make much more ground on our positions in the top ten – it would have been difficult to beat [Michael] Schumacher anyway – so we decided to put both cars out on [scrubbed] medium tyres to ensure we had the luxury of choosing our starting tyre tomorrow afternoon.”

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