As heavy rain interrupted half of the Q1 session during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, a handful of drivers failed to set a time within the 107% due to the downpour that caused qualifying to be red flagged.

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas, were all investigated after qualifying as none of the drivers set a time within 107% of the fastest time posted in Q1.

Following an extensive investigation last night, the Stewards decided to allow the drivers to begin the race as well as keep their original grid positions.

A statement released from the Stewards read: “Due to the exceptional circumstances experienced during qualifying, that Article 35.2 a) iii should take precedence over Article 35.1 of the sporting regulations” and the Q3 times for those cars all stand.

11 drivers in total fell outside of the 107% time in Q1 due to the heavy rain, with five progressing to Q2. The reason they were investigated was due to a rule in the Sporting Regulations that reads: “During Q1, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107 percent of the fastest time set during that session, or who fails to set a time, will not be allowed to take part in the race.

“Under exceptional circumstances however, which may include setting a suitable lap time in a free practice session, the stewards may permit the car to start the race. Any driver accepted in this manner will be placed at the back of the starting grid after any other penalties have been applied.

“Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner they will be arranged on the grid in the order they were classified in P3.”

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