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FOM clarifies timing failure

Formula 1 Management has moved to clarify the reasons behind the timing failure that affected the final stage of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The closing minutes of Q3 at the Hungaroring ran without official timing when screens failed and led to a situation where drivers were forced to try and work out who had qualified on pole when they exited their cars in parc ferme following the session.

In a short statement, FOM moved to play down talk that the failure was down to official partner LG, explaining that the failure was caused by a damaged cable and that back-up systems had ensured there was no loss of data.

“In the closing minutes of the Q3 qualifying session for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, the Official Live Timing system did not update the timing screens,” the missive read. “This was due to the finish line sensor suffering mechanical failure in the form of a damaged cable.

“Well established back up procedures ensured that no data was lost and complete results for the qualifying session were quickly established and released.

“Formula One Management would like to clarify that at no time was this the result of the failure of any equipment supplied by LG, the Official Data Processor of Formula 1.”

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