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107% rule to result in depleted grids?

Former team owner Gian Carlo Minardi wonders whether the 107% rule could result in depleted grids this season.Ahead of the final pre-season test many questions are still to be answered. While most attention is focussed on the plight of the Renault powered runners, and in particular world champions Red Bull, others are wondering just how much of an advantage the works Mercedes team will enjoy in the opening rounds. And then there's Ferrari and Williams.However, the question that Gian Carlo Minardi is pondering is the 107% rule. Initially introduced to F1 in 1996 - though the FIA wanted it in place mid-1995 - the rule was intended to weed out uncompetitive cars at a time when due to the...
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