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What they say
Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer believes the team should be able to compete for the podium tomorrow after Sergio Perez qualified fourth, four places ahead of team mate Lance Stroll:
We didn’t have quali mode. Usually that quali mode would have given us a couple more tenths here. And that would have been… we would have easily been in third. And even with Lance’s one mishap on one of the corners, a couple of tenths would have moved him up as well.
So it did have an impact. But I think what we lose today we should gain tomorrow.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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If we really must have timing loops instead of proper run-off areas enforcing track limits, can we at least have them give instant readings so we're not left wondering if and when the stewards will delete a lap time?
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7 comments on “Lack of ‘quali mode’ cost Racing Point “a couple of tenths””
6th September 2020, 3:48
@Keith (And Skyf1): As long as motogp runs these tracks, the gravel will stay gone.
6th September 2020, 4:41
Yep with quali mode all Mercs would have been even further ahead.
6th September 2020, 6:43
Also on this day in F1: The 2015 Italian GP took place won by Lewis Hamilton who got hurried to increase his gap to behind in case of a time-penalty.
Regarding Keith’s tweet: I feel the applications of the detection (rather than timing) loops have gone overboard this year. They should be applied only in places where there’s a realistic chance of an off-track excursion directly improving a lap and or sector time, not elsewhere like slow-speed corners, for example.
6th September 2020, 10:22
I think most people are fed up of track limits being ignored. The best drivers had no issues not exceeding them.
6th September 2020, 8:45
Regarding timing loops: funny how Supercars manages to have the results up almost instantly (for example, in qualifying at Surfers Paradise the ‘kerb strike’ info will be available pretty much instantly or at the next corner at the latest), but F1 cannot do the same. Then again, in the case of Monza, the timing loop for going off track being at the final corner and the finishing line so close by, it might impossible to implement with the current system (would be nice to know how it actually works, I suppose race control must approve each laptime deletion, so it is not an automated system?).
Caroline Geddes (@lass321)
6th September 2020, 10:21
I seriously do not believe that the brains in F1 and connected to F1 cannot get together and create an off road surface that would be safe for motogp but still penalise people for going off track. We do not need timing loops – we need surfaces that slow the vehicles down so drivers do not benefit from going there. While I’m not a fan of doing things to ‘benefit the show’, surely the show would be improved by instant and clear penalties.
Alianora La Canta (@alianora-la-canta)
7th September 2020, 10:43
I’m fed up of the rules on track limits only being enforced at a handful of corners. It gives drivers licence to go off-track everywhere else, and that is irritating.
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