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