In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says that the old one-shot qualifying system used between 2003 and 2005 was ‘good for drivers’
One-shot qualifying was ‘good for drivers’ unlike current system, says Alonso
Alonso raced with the system between 2003 and 2005 where each driver was given one flying lap on a clear track to set a lap time and determine their grid position.
Asked if he felt restarting Q1 in Baku yesterday with two-and-a-half minutes remaining after a red flag made the end of the session too much of a lottery, Alonso said “yeah, it is a lottery.
“The old format that we all had a ‘Super Pole’ – one lap alone on track – maybe that was good for TV and it was good for us as well. At the moment there is too much interaction with other cars, with tows, with traffic, with yellow flags – and this is not the best.”
Stewards call for rules rethink after Haas investigation
The FIA stewards have recommended a rethink of Formula 1’s regulations governing the pit lane exit after both Haas drivers were investigated, then cleared, over violations during qualifying.
Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher were investigated for failing to leave the pits in the correct order. The pair merged into the queue of cars which was waiting at the exit when Q1 restarted with two-and-a-half minutes remaining. This potentially put them in breach of rules which require drivers to leave the pits in the order which they arrived at the exit.
However the stewards noted that because the Haas pit was adjacent to the exit, and the queue had formed before their drivers were sent from their garages, “it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the team to determine which order the cars should depart.”
This is not the first time such a confusion has arisen, the stewards noted, and requested the rule be reviewed. “The stewards recommend that this particular regulation be examined, as this case is almost identical to that involving Williams Racing in Mexico 2021, where no further action was taken.”
Boschung penalised for crash which delayed F1 qualifying
Ralph Boschung was given a three-place grid penalty for causing a crash at the end of Saturday’s Formula 2 sprint race. The stewards ruled he failed to leave enough room for Calan Williams on his outside at turn one, forcing him into a barrier, after which he was hit by other cars.
“The stewards determined that car 21 [Williams] was entitled to a minimum of a car width at the exit and as car 15 [Boschung] did not leave this space is judged to be wholly at fault for the incident.” Boschung was also given a penalty point on his licence, putting him on a total of four.
The repair work arising from the crash delayed the start of F1’s final practice session by 15 minutes, causing a corresponding delay to the later qualifying session.
Grid penalty for Herta
Colton Herta will be relegated six places on the grid for today’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Road America for an unapproved engine change. The Andretti driver will fall from fifth to 11th on the grid, promoting Patricio O’Ward, Romain Grosjean, Felix Rosenqvist, Scott McLaughlin, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud.
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