F1 » Petrov: Qualifying in F1 has little meaning now...

After taking the chequered flag outside of the points in Barcelona as his Lotus Renault GP team-mate Nick Heidfeld stormed from the back of the grid to eighth place, a frustrated Vitaly Petrov has claimed: 'Qualifying has little meaning now'

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Al Sim - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 11:07 AM

Soon we will be watching an empty track on qualifying day....or all the teams will qualify on hard tyres in order to save the softs for the race.... I wonder.

Ole - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 11:09 AM

I totally agree, why waste time on qualifying when the tyres f..k up the race? Have 24 races and let each driver have one pole each during the year....F1 is not F1 anymore...

KPerez - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 11:56 AM

Petrov is trying to cover for his poor driving. He simply was unable to use his tires effectively...proof U ask?...Kobay got one lap out of his soft tires before being flated on the first lap leaving him dead last. Yet he was able with three sets to get back into the top ten. Petrov had his qualy tires for 10 or more laps i.e., order of magnitude more than Kobay and yet was unable to hold position. In short, it is not the "tools" rather the "carpenter" that is at fault here.


May 24, 2011 11:56 AM

how about a return of the "quali tyre" - but now in the shape of one set of hards put aside exclusively for quali? This set will then be the only set allowed to be used in q... and you can start on whatever you like.

nafa - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 12:10 PM

Easy...Race on any tyre you want with the provision that you must change at least once during the race and not before at least 25% race distance. Your good luck if you have 5 stops and still win. At least we will see some overtaking...


May 24, 2011 12:12 PM

I agree with the above in that F1 needs to separate qualifying and race tyre allocations as otherwise qualifying will become a joke. I'd prefer it if the teams had maybe 3 sets of tyres for qualifying which then get handed back to Pirelli then maybe 4 new sets of tyres (or their own choice although 1 set still has to be harder compound) for the race.

I Win - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 12:23 PM

I think this qualifying format does not work. The fast teams get an advantage because they can get away with only using one set of softs to qualify and end up with even more of an advantage before the race has even started.

Jim - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 12:39 PM

Absolute rubbish, if Nick had taken part in quali, he would have been racing Alonso and the Mercs. He's just a better driver than you Vitaly.

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