Qualifying for the European Grand Prix featured an anti-climactic end, with most of the front runners not completing their second runs and only one driver, Mark Webber, making an improvement on his final run.
Meanwhile two drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil choosing not to set a timed lap in order to save a set of new soft tyres for the race and have a free choice of what tyre to start the race on. Michael Schumacher found himself in the position of setting no time in Monaco and many teams were unsure of how the rules would be applied. In the end Schumacher had a free choice.
But Pirelli boss Paul Hembery had already voiced his concern about the risks of this happening before the weekend to team principals and is pushing to close the loophole,
“We want to get rid of that scenario,” said Hembery. “And it is more for the fans because otherwise we will see people not bothering in qualifying and that is a waste of time.
“I’ve made a suggestion to put to the Sporting Working Group to say that actually in those circumstances, you should be made to use your Q2 tyres in that situation, so there is no advantage from not setting a time.
“If you have problems and don’t go out and qualify, you will still start on a set of tyres that have done an out-lap, set a time and an in-lap, so they will be in the same condition as everyone else. That is the fairest sporting way, so hopefully they will adopt that.”
The subject was discussed at the F1 commission and Hembery is keen to see it adopted quickly into the F1 regulations.
What do you think of what we saw in qualifying? Do you think it spoils the spectacle of qualifying?