Q2 tire rule: Renault team boss rumbles over “stupid” rule
(Motorsport-Full.com) – The Q2 tire rule provides in Formula 1 again and again for discussion. The FIA even suggested that the Groups abolish the rule, but it was rejected. Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul is not happy about it. He shows angrily about the “stupid” rule.
Any driver who passes Q2 and enters Q3 must start on that Q2 tire. That's the regulation. However, as the top teams enjoyed such a strong pace advantage this season and mostly qualified for the harder medium tires for Q3, the downside for the midfield riders behind the US became bigger.
They had to start the used soft tires and were on top of those drivers outside the top In Abu Dhabi, Renault had managed to qualify in eighth and tenth with Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg.
Both were overtaken by Sergio Perez and Daniil Kwjat in the race, both Outside the top “That was the worst scenario in the race,” Abiteboul told 'Motorsport-Full.com'
“Once again we saw the demonstration of this stupid rule by starting on the Gentle That gave the boys behind america an advantage. ” Plans to abolish this rule have already been rejected by the Groups in the Strategy Group Decrease-off date for rule changes with 620. April had long passed, it would have needed a unanimous result. The top teams and some of their satellite teams are voting against abolition. Therefore, the rule will remain in the coming year.
“In the strategy group, we were all in agreement [,dass wir die Regel abschaffen wollen], but then it came to a vote and all agreements came back to life, which really makes me very angry.” He reveals that the top teams have lobbied against change.
“The rules were finally made by the top teams to protect them, I do not think they need that, but it is another protective measure. ” Also the customer teams of the manufacturers would help the rule. “We, McLaren and Renault, are the middle class, as I americanenne, and are mostly squeezed.”
Renault also benefited already from the rule when Ricciardo and Hulkenberg outside the top , as in Mexico or Japan. “But I do not want to keep the rule, just because it's sometimes to our advantage, it's just stupid, it has to go away.”
In Abu Dhabi, his drivers are also still hindered been used to exploit the early inches on the softs since the DRS did not work. “America's evil did that because we could not overtake the McLaren, who were significantly slower than us at the originate.”
These circumstances have been extremely frustrating, admits the team boss. Team director Marcin Budkowski is also a thorn in the side of the Q2 rule: “Unfortunately, grid positions seven to ten were a massive disadvantage due to the tire rule, as we already saw last year.”