@GeorgeDaviesF1 Yes, this is the case. Article 17.2 of the 2012 sporting regulations says:
Appeals may not be made against decision concerning the following:
d) Any decision taken by the stewards in relation to Article 36.1.
Article 36.1 says:
During Q1, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107% of the fastest time set during that session, or who fails to set a time, will not be allowed to take part in the race. Under exceptional circumstances however, which may include setting a suitable lap time in a free practice session, the stewards may permit the car to start the race.
Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid order will be
determined by the stewards.
Note that stewards still have the power to grant dispensations so this does not mean any driver who fails to beat the 107% time or fails to set a time in Q1 will automatically be unable to start the race.
@matt90 : I know HRT did at Melbourne, obviously unsuccessful. I believe Virgin did once successfully, because D’Ambrosio failed to manage the proper time – I can’t remember where though, although if pressed I’d guess Canada.
Still, not being able to appeal against such a decision will be just as pointless as the entire 107 % Rule itself.
Can’t we just stick to the rules where if the driver sets a time; within FP1 thru to Q1; that is within 107% of the P1 time in Q1; will not start the race? I’m not a big fan of special dispensations otherwise – the rules are rules.