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Drivers push for split quali in Monaco

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Drivers push for split quali in Monaco
Thursday, 06 May 2010 17:47

Formula 1 drivers from both ends of the grid hope that the FIA will consider splitting the field into two groups for Q1 in Monaco to avert what could be a traffic nightmare.

With the entry up to 24 cars for the first time since the Q1/Q2/Q3 format was introduced, and larger speed differentials from front to back than have been the case for many years, there are fears that qualifying on Monte Carlo's narrow streets will turn into chaos.

"I don’t think it’s a bad idea [to split Q1], as I think having 24 cars on the circuit is going to be tricky," said championship leader Jenson Button.

"And it’s not just that it’s 24 cars, we do still have cars that are six seconds off the pace.

"So it’s going to be very tricky to get a lap, and we might find a quick car getting knocked out of Q1."

His team-mate Lewis Hamilton agreed.

"It's already been very, very close and very difficult to find a gap in qualifying in the past couple of races, so Monaco would be virtually impossible to get a clear lap I imagine," he said.

"I think it would be a sensible move [to split into groups]."

Jarno Trulli admitted that he would find it hard to stay out of the title contenders' way in his off-the-pace Lotus in Monaco.

"I think it's very hard for me that I'm slow as well as for the guys in front that are very quick," he said.

"Maybe they should say, just for once in the season, 24 cars, we don't want to have problems, get the agreement of all the teams, and split it.

"It's better to sort it out before rather than making a big mess.

"I am slow, so I'm going to probably impede someone else.

"The guy which I have impeded, he's probably going to get me back, it's a bit like this."

Red Bull's Mark Webber doubts that any of the absolute front-runners would get caught out, but saw the logic of splitting the session.

"You could have a couple of big scalps where guys might not get a clear run," he said.

"But you would think it might more affect guys who are on the bubble and need two or three really clear laps.

"A lap for a fast guy that might be mediocre or semi-mediocre might still get you through.

"We know the guys driving the cars which are a little bit slower are still on the limit, they're doing their stuff, but they have nowhere to go there.

"It's blind, you can come up on someone very, very fast.

"A split session is something I wouldn't be in favour of, but it could be beneficial.

"It could help, but I think we could get on with it."
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Hard to understand, why Mark Webber would not be in favour....

Use practise times for splitting purposes - and avoid eliminating some of the 24 cars for the actual race...
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I'm all for it, not only for Monaco, do it for the remaining of the season!
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