May 9 (GMM) A team bosses meeting in Barcelona is likely to knock on the head the concept of a ‘split’ initial qualifying session for Monaco.
Some drivers want the split so that cars with vastly different speeds are not tangled up in traffic on the Principality’s famous twisty curves.
“I expect teams from the middle of the grid downwards to vote against dividing qualifying,” said FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh before the meeting on Sunday.
After a cold and overcast start to the day at the Circuit de Catalunya, the sun is now shining with two hours to go until the race.
Predicted rain should hold off until after the chequered flag.
Meanwhile, occupants of the paddock are relieved to hear that Barcelona airport was reopened on Sunday due to the volcanic ash cloud moving on.
But with next week’s grand prix to be held in Monaco, Spanish radio said the cloud is now heading to the south of France!