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What is the 107% Rule?

In the realm of Formula One Racing, the 107% Rule has often gripped the attention of those who are trying to grasp the various aspects of the event, obviously given its distinct nomenclature. The rule is basically related to the qualifying format for the event. Introduced all the way back in 1996, the 107% rule was implied that all players who would successfully set up laps within the range of 107% of the fastest qualifying time for that particular qualifying session, would only be eligible to further participate in the upcoming event or race for which the qualifier was held. This way, it becomes a free, fair and impartial qualifier that cannot be rigged or impartial or subject to expert bias in any manner. From the first introduction of the 107% rule that happened in 1996, for the next 7 years, this rule was followed to the hilt in all major Formula One Races. Subsequently, because of a host of reasons, the game was called off in 2003, and a different qualifying format was adopted. This is because the erstwhile free practice sessions that used to last for an hour, were now replaced by two single-lap sessions of shorter duration. So this rule of demarcating the qualifying riders on the basis of the 107% rule, obviously did not yield any meaning. But in 2011, the FIA World Motor Sport Council went ahead with their decision to re-implement this rule, something that they had been contemplating since 2010. Of course, the rule was not applied directly, and certain changes were made for ensuring that it was adaptable with the current racing format. Despite the worldwide adoption of the rule, there have been numerous violations reported from time to time.

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