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GP Week : Issue 73
FIA grand fromage Jean Todt says he's in favour of reintroducing the 107 percent rule for qualifying. Until 2002, any driver whose fastest lap was outside 107 percent of the pole time wasn't allowed to race. In Bahrain, HRT fell outside it. "We are very in favour of reintroducing the 107 percent limit," Todt told a news conference on Friday. "The reason why it was abandoned was because of the change in qualifying which was happening with fuel to start the race in the car. "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." Now, to pass it in 2011 70 percent of the teams need to agree. Stefano Domenicali says he'd vote 'yes'. However, rival team tech director Mike Gascoyne told GP Week that this is nuts: "I personally would vote 'no' because the season's started and it wasn't in the rules. But we're well inside 107 percent, so we don't give a sh*t!" "There's no testing. So how are HRT meant to get on the pace if you say 'no you can't race'? Good point Gazza. FIA considers return to '107per Gazza says they're 100 percent wrong!