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Drivers Want To Have Split Qualifying In Monaco As Traffic Fears Grow

Drivers have expressed concerns about traffic ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, the blue ribband event on the Formula One calendar with the new teams taking the grid size to one which has not been seen in many years.

With traffic already proving a difficulty in qualifying sessions, blocking and changes in regulations have attempted to solve some of the issues.  However, Monaco, which is the shortest F1 track on the calendar, has many challenges and could just see traffic jams if something isn’t done to combat the issues.

Many drivers, including Bruno Senna and Jarno Trulli have expressed desire for a split qualifying which would see the front runners not partaking in Q1, as the quicker cars could be easily impeded by the slower machines.

“We have to discuss this with Charlie, how are we going to do it – especially with qualifying,” said Senna in the HRT motorhome in Barcelona on Thursday. “There are a few things we need to go through with Charlie tomorrow and perhaps in Monaco after first practice.

“The idea of splitting the field is not a bad one to be honest. If they take six or eight cars from the group of the fastest cars, or slowest cars, and the other guys go in a different qualifying, it will probably be a good idea for both people.

“We don’t want someone much faster than us coming to overtake us, and they don’t want to be every lap getting someone slower. Let’s see how the time schedules go. I suppose it would be possible.”

Jarno Trulli told Autosport Magazine “From my perspective I think it’s very hard – for me that I’m slow as well as for guys in front who are very quick,”

“I would think that somehow the FIA should think to split us. I don’t know how to approach it but I think 24 cars on track is going to be hard. It’s really going to be hard. We really have to manage it in a good way. I don’t know if it’s right or wrong but maybe they should consider it.”

He added: “Split it any way you want, it’s not up to me, but if the teams can agree, let’s agree. Because otherwise we’ll start complaining over that. So it’s better to sort it out before than making a big mess after.”

Traffic is always an issue at Monaco, having more cars just increases the problem

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One response

  1. I don’t understand why the smaller teams are raising this. Traffic potentially gives them the opportunity to get a random result and get higher up the grid. I’m sure it’ll be frustrating for the drivers but they have to deal with it, splitting the qualifying doesn’t seem sensible.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

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