F1 » Karthikeyan to be allowed to start GP

Narain Karthikeyan has been given permission to join the starting grid for the Spanish Grand prix on Sunday, despite failing to set a time within the 107% limit.

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Pedro - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 5:12 PM

Not right.
The rule is there for a reason, to try and exclude very slow drivers that pose a risk to themselves & everyone else.
The car is poor and Karthikeyan has never been F1 standard.

evelcyclops - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 5:39 PM

Whats the point of having a rule if its constantly flaunted. he was 100% outside of the time required.

the reason for not qualifying within the time? a fricking safety issue!

my god what on earth is this? we'll have a car driving around 10s slower per lap. time to get tough.

evelcyclops - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 5:50 PM

Hamiltons Q1 time: 82.5s
Kartikeyans Q1 Time:91.1s (110.4% slower)
Kartikeyans FASTEST lap of the entire weekend: 88.2s (106.9%)

So he's in on a technicality of a technicality. should be booted out. not prejudiced at all, but rusles is rules. frankly i dont see why it shouldnt be 107% of the pole position time as it used to be in the past.

kartikeyan still hasnt seemed to have learned how not to block fellow racers, which makes this a particularly bad decision

Eric Ruffin - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 6:02 PM

WTF??? Why on earth this slow driver in a slow car to be allowed in the race when there is rule of 107% ? Based on his speed of the weekend and not the qualifying time? Time to get tough FIA. This Indian is not a true F1 driver.he is a joke to F1.


May 12, 2012 7:05 PM

They are taking circumstances into account, that's all. The reason he was outside the 107% is ha had a spin and then a technical issue with the car. He has shown before during the weekend he has the pace to be within the 107%. They have followed the rules perfectly here IMO.

KF1 - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 7:13 PM

Anyone saying stuff like why does the rule exist etc... should really look at the context of the situation. He did NOT drive in FP1 and FP2, and when he drove in FP3 he was immediately on the pace, outpacing DeLaRosa and in Quali he spun on his first lap and wasnt allowed to go out again because of some fault with his car!!

Secondly, those saying he isnt good enough for F1, he beat DLR in Malaysia in the wet (and was penalized unfairly later on) and in Bahrain even after doing an extra pit stop in race, he was only .5 second behind DLR at the end.

Calvin _

May 12, 2012 8:05 PM

@KF1, Part of competing in F1 is having a car capable of competing. The fact that he didn't for several sessions shouldn't make any difference.

So, the stewards have ignore this rule and allowed him to race, but have rigidly applied another rule, demoting the pole car to last. There is something very wrong here. Maybe they want FA to have a better chance of winning at home.

Angelina - Unregistered

May 12, 2012 8:46 PM

If thats the case FA won't win. Karma will do something.

FA won the race in Germany in 2010 and wasn't penalized for breaking rules but lost the championship. Even in Hungary 2010, Seb was penalised to help Ferrari and FA but Webber won it, Redbull won WCC and Vettel WDC.

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