Whiting suggests extra time after yellow flags

Whiting suggests extra time after yellow flags

28 May 2014 – Charlie Whiting suggests that qualifying should be extended if yellow flags appear in the closing stages of a session, in a bid to avoid the controversy surrounding Nico Rosberg's Monaco Grand Prix pole position.

Rosberg sealed the top spot in last weekend's shootout session after going off track at Mirabeau and bringing out yellows, putting an end to team-mate Lewis Hamilton and other rivals' hopes of improving their lap times.

There was a similar incident during the 2006 event, when provisional pole-sitter Michael Schumacher came to a halt at Rascasse on his final qualifying attempt, in the process preventing Fernando Alonso from responding.

"Why don't we extend qualifying by one minute when a yellow flag is shown in the last three minutes?" Whiting, who serves as the governing body's Race Director, is quoted as saying by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"That would give the affected drivers the chance to try again. And whoever is planning something would have no more reason to do it."

Before such a regulation change could be pushed through, teams would have to agree on the matter.

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