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05/07/10
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'Q1' session split unlikely for Monaco UPDATE (GMM)  Nick Heidfeld on Friday admitted it is unlikely the 'Q1' qualifying session will be split for next weekend's Monaco grand prix.

Some drivers have called for the split so as to prevent the traffic chaos of 24 cars - some with vastly different pace - all circulating the short and twisty street layout within a short 20-minute window.

But the FIA's Charlie Whiting reportedly told the drivers during their regular pre-race briefing in Barcelona that such a rule change would need to be unanimously proposed by the teams.

"We therefore hope that the teams will get together and make a proposal," Mercedes reserve Heidfeld, also the new president of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, told Motorsport-Magazin.com.

"I hope so, but honestly, I think that within a week it is a little difficult," acknowledged the German.

05/07/10 (GMM)  Charlie Whiting seems to have put a lid on a plan by some drivers to have the 'Q1' qualifying session split in Monaco next weekend.

Fearing the traffic chaos of 24 cars on the famous twisty streets vying for grid positions with vastly different levels of pace, drivers from both ends of the grid suggested running the usual 'Q1' segment in two separate parts.

But the FIA's Whiting informed them during the regular pre-race drivers' briefing in Barcelona that a rule change will only be considered if it is proposed unanimously by the teams.

GP veteran David Coulthard admitted the drivers' idea "does not sit easily with me".

"I can understand drivers' safety concerns but traffic is a crucial part of the challenge and exciting for the spectators," the Scot wrote in a column for the Telegraph.

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