Convenient 107% rule

What an application of the 107% rule by the GP2 stewards!   While both Perera and Grosjean exceeded DiGrassi’s time by 107%, only the DPR driver will be excluded from today’s feature race.

My comments:

  • If Perera did something wrong (he didn’t), he should be penalized with a reasonable racing penalty (25 seconds, 10 grid positions, etc)
  • If what he did was soooo bad, why is he allowed to race in Sunday’s sprint race at all?  If you recall, when Teixeira did not qualify for Monaco, he was out of both races
  • Most surprisingly, why is Grosjean allowed to race at all?

I’m sorry, but this sort of decision is completely unacceptable, especially because there is no reason whatsoever to impose it.   I wonder if the same would have happened had this “incident” involved a paying driver – such as Kobayashi (Toyota’s cash) or Hulkenberg (Dekra, Willi Weber’s cash)…. you decide.

You can say whatever you want, but Romain is definitely very, very nervous these last few races.  Let’s hope he settles down in his Renault F1 seat.


6 Responses to Convenient 1076 rule

  1. Grosjean has been protected by the gp2 bosses, and when the gp2 bosses are his carreer managers…i was not surprised with the decision of the stewards, after all grosjean is briatore’s puppet, and briatore must protect his business.

  2. gp2 insider says:

    Yes, but a bit too obvious this time. Embarrassing for GP2 and just completely outrageous.

  3. Francois says:

    When you are a RDD driver but more when YOUR FATHER IS LAWYER AT THE FIA. You are GOD ! !

    When the father Grosjean helped probably (?) Renault for not having a 100 million $ fine during the second spy story now he probably (?)will receive his help back.
    All the advantage given to his son in GP2 are not enough now he want his son in the seat of Piquet ! !

    Oh yes Grosjean tell to Perrera when there are waiting the rescue car ” you are a triple shit what are you doing here ? Go back in karting you don’t have nothing to do here do you see my palmares he is very much better than yours “.

    Beautifull mentality ! !

    Now Renault is in appel for the FIA decision.

    God luck papa Grosjean you have an important game to play if you can help Renault one more time the seat will be certainly for your son.

    There are different manner to help his son.

  4. Rob says:

    First things first, the penalty had nothing to do with the 107% rule: the decision was made to penalise Perera as he was not on a hot lap (the FIA has long held the view that those on a slow lap should stay out of the way of those on a hot one), and given that he was 25th on the grid after qualifying and any penalty has to apply to the next event per the sporting regulations, the only real penalty that could be applied was exclusion, which is what they went for.

    Now you can question the validity of the application of the penalty, and I’d probably agree with you: it’s ludicrous to automatically penalise the slower driver when self-evidently the faster driver has a better view of what is happening and the better sense of how to avoid any impending collision. Frankly Grosjean was better placed to avoid an accident and he didn’t, because he has evidently decided that other drivers will have to get out of his way, rather than him having to make any effort to avoid them.

    The 107% rule is a convenient way to remove anyone too slow to be there (Teixeira fell foul of it, as did Marcos Martinez) while still allowing the quicker drivers who have made a mistake to still make the grid (“the guy is a championship contender, obviously he would have qualified but for this mistake”), and therefore didn’t have anything to do with the penalty in this case.

    However, the stewards really need to re-evaluate their view on this type of incident: the faster driver clearly has the best view of any incident in the making, and should have a bigger part in the guilt afterwards. If it’s obvious that the slower driver was just being an idiot then fine, penalise away, but in this case it certainly looked as though Perera gave Grosjean enough space, or at worst the collision was simply a racing incident.

  5. gp2 insider says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself….

  6. GhostDog says:

    Not entirely accurate regarding the application of the 107% rule though – if you miss out for some reason in qualifying, you will usually get in if you did a time inside 107% during practice. Teixeira failed to do that in Monaco, whereas both Grosjean and Perera were inside the cut-off in Hungary

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