The 107% Rule is a means to ensure that entries to a race are fast enough to be competitive, and not pose a danger to faster cars. It was originally enacted for the 1996 season, and was in place through 2002. The rule reintroduced for 2011, and has been in place ever since.

The rule[edit | edit source]

The rule as it stands now is fairly simple: during the first qualifying session, every car has to turn a time that is within 107% of the fastest time. For example, if the fastest car in Q1 turned a time of one hundred seconds (1:40.000), then all of the other cars would have to be faster than one hundred seven seconds (1:47.000). Cars that fail to reach that threshold can appeal to the stewards, if they can show evidence that the car was clearly fast enough in timed practice, and the time in Q1 was caused by issues like weather, mechanical problems or an incident. But if a car was consistently slow all weekend, and failed to post a fast enough time, that car will not be allowed to start the race.

As shown by the chart below, it has been a number of years since the rule has had to be enforced.

List of 107% time violations[edit | edit source]

Year Event 107% Time Driver Team Time Percent Race?
1996 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:38.837 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:39.202 107.395% No
Italy Andrea Montermini 1:42.087 110.518% No
Europe European Grand Prix 1:24.467 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:25.053 107.742% No
Italy Luca Badoer 1:25.840 108.739% No
San Marino San Marino Grand Prix 1:32.972 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:33.685 107.820% No
Spain Spanish Grand Prix 1:26.295 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:26.615 107.396% No
Italy Andrea Montermini 1:27.358 108.317% No
United Kingdom British Grand Prix 1:32.956 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:35.206 109.590% No
Italy Luca Badoer 1:35.304 109.702% No
Germany German Grand Prix 1:51.186 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:51.357 107.165% No
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 1:58.314 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:58.579 107.240% No
Japan Japanese Grand Prix 1:45.833 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.795 107.973% No
1997 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:35.625 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:35.972 107.388% Yes
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri United Kingdom Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:40.972 112.983% No
Brazil Ricardo Rosset 1:42.086 114.230% No
1998 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 1:25.880 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:25.946 107.082% No
Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 1:25.383 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:25.737 107.443% No
Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix 1:22.361 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:23.140 108.012% No
Japan Japanese Grand Prix 1:43.033 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:43.259 107.234% No
1999 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:36.794 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:37.013 107.242% Yes
France French Grand Prix 1:45.331 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:45.334 107.002% Yes
Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.324 108.008% Yes
Italy Luca Badoer 1:46.784 108.475% Yes
Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:48.215 109.929% Yes
Japan Tora Takagi 1:48.322 110.037% Yes
2001 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:32.974 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:33.228 107.292% Yes
United Kingdom British Grand Prix 1:26.078 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:26.506 107.532% No
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 1:59.917 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 2:02.039 108.893% Yes
Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 2:02.594 109.389% Yes
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 2:03.048 109.794% Yes
Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 2:04.204 110.825% Yes
2002 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:31.851 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:53.351 132.045% Yes
San Marino San Marino Grand Prix 1:26.757 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:27.241 107.584% No
United Kingdom British Grand Prix 1:24.527 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:24.785 107.326% No
France French Grand Prix 1:17.023 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Cosworth 1:18.497 109.046% No
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 1:19.843 110.916% No
Germany German Grand Prix 1:19.596 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:19.775 107.240% No
107% rule adoption by first qualifying round (from 2011)
Year Event 107% Time Driver Team Time Percent Race?
2011 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:31.267 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Spain HRT-Cosworth 1:32.978 109.006% No
India Narain Karthikeyan 1:34.293 110.547% No
Canada Canadian Grand Prix 1:18.989 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Russia Virgin-Cosworth 1:19.414 107.575% Yes
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 2:10.339 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Russia Virgin-Cosworth 2:11.601 108.035% Yes
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Spain HRT-Cosworth 2:11.616 108.047% Yes
India Narain Karthikeyan 2:13.077 109.246% Yes
India Indian Grand Prix 1:32.222 Germany Timo Glock Russia Virgin-Cosworth 1:34.046 109.116% Yes
2012 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:32.214 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 1:33.495 108.486% No
India Narain Karthikeyan 1:33.643 108.658% No
Spain Spanish Grand Prix 1:28.363 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 1:31.122 110.340% Yes
United Kingdom British Grand Prix 1:53.718 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 1:54.143 107.399% Yes
2013 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:50.616 France Charles Pic Malaysia Caterham-Renault 1:50.626 107.009% Yes
2014 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 1:47.406 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Malaysia Caterham-Renault 1:49.421 109.006% Yes
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 1:49.625 109.210% Yes
2015 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix 1:46.217 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 1:46.677 107.462% Yes
Japan Japanese Grand Prix 1:39.343 United States Alexander Rossi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 1:47.114 115.158% Yes
United States United States Grand Prix 2:04.653 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 2:07.304 109.279% Yes
2016 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 1:19.832 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:22.467 110.085% Yes
Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix 1:39.833 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:39.968 107.145% Yes
Netherlands Max Verstappen 1:40.424 107.663% Yes
Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:41.411 108.691% Yes
Germany Nico Hülkenberg 1:41.471 108.755% Yes
Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:42.758 110.135% Yes
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 1:43.965 111.428% Yes
Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:43.999 111.465% Yes
Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 1:44.543 112.048% Yes
Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.984 114.664% Yes
Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 1:47.343 115.049% Yes
Indonesia Rio Haryanto 1:50.189 118.099% Yes
2017 Italy Italian Grand Prix 1:42.416 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:43.355 107.226% Yes
2018 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Grand Prix 1:49.715 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:57.354 114.449% Yes
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