FIA President Jean Todt is looking at re-instating the 107% rule as a means of whipping chronically under-funded under-performing teams into shape. The 107% rule gets its name from the stipulation that in order for a driver to qualify for a race, he must obtain a qualifying time within 107% of the polesitter’s time.
The gulf between the “have’s” and “have not’s” is substantial, with many of the new-for-2010 entrants facing potential exclusion from competition. The 107% rule hasn’t been in place since 2002, and introducing it mid-way through the season would require unanimous approval from all teams, something that would have a snowball’s chance in hell of happening. Expect it to come next season, if it’s approved by 70% of the teams in an off-season vote.