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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 It was originally enacted for the 1996 season, and was in place through 2002.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 ruleEdit

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 violationsEdit

Year Event 107% Time Driver Constructor Lap Time Allowed to Race?
1996 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:38.837 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:39.202 No
Italy Andrea Montermini 1:42.087 No
Europe European Grand Prix 1:24.467 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:25.053 No
Italy Luca Badoer 1:25.840 No
San Marino San Marino Grand Prix 1:24.467 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:33.685 No
Spain Spanish Grand Prix 1:26.296 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:26.615 No
Italy Andrea Montermini 1:42.087 No
United Kingdom British Grand Prix 1:32.956 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:35.206 No
Italy Luca Badoer 1:35.304 No
Germany German Grand Prix 1:51.186 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:51.357 No
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 1:58.314 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:58.579 No
Japan Japanese Grand Prix 1:45.833 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.795 No
1997 Australia Australian Grand Prix 1:35.625 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:35.972 Yes
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri United Kingdom Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:40.972 No
Brazil Ricardo Rosset 1:42.086 No
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