• 2010 Season

Todt in favour of reintroducing 107% rule

ESPNF1 Staff
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FIA president Jean Todt thinks cars should have to qualify within 107% of the pole © Sutton Images

FIA president Jean Todt has said he is in favour of reintroducing a rule that would see cars fail to qualify if they fail to register a certain time.

In 2002 the 107% rule, under which drivers had to qualify within 107% of pole position to line up on the grid, was taken out of Formula One. After HRT's practice times on Friday in Bahrain were well outside 107% of Nico Rosberg's fastest lap, Todt said the FIA would look try and pass a rule change for next season.

"We are very in favour of reintroducing the 107% limit," Todt told a press conference on Friday. "The reason why it was abandoned was because of the change in qualifying which was happening with fuel in the car to start the race. Now to change that for 2010 you need to have the unanimous agreement of the teams, and to get the unanimous agreement of the teams the FIA will be supporting this solution. I don't think it will happen so we have to wait until 2011 to introduce it."

Other newcomers Lotus and Virgin were within 107% of the fastest time during Friday practice.