Since the three new teams, Team Lotus; Hispania and Virgin entered the Formula One World Championship in 2010, it is generally accepted that the six drivers from these teams will generally fail to progress beyond the first round of qualifying. Seven cars are eliminated from qualifying at the end of Q1, leaving just one more driver to fall at the first hurdle.
This is usually simply the slowest driver, although sometimes an accident, or - in the case of Mark Webber at the Chinese Grand Prix - a tactical error, can cause a traditional front runner to drop out.
We have compiled a list of which drivers outside of the new teams have been knocked out in Q1 in 2010, and so far in 2011, with how many times they have failed to progress:
Vitantonio Liuzzi - Force India - 5
Kamui Kobayashi - Sauber - 4
Jaime Alguersuari - Toro Rosso - 2
Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 2
Sebastien Buemi - Toro Rosso - 2
Felipe Massa - Ferrari - 2
Vitaly Petrov - Renault - 2
Rubens Barrichello - Williams - 1
Pedro de la Rosa - Sauber - 1
Lewis Hamilton - McLaren - 1
Nick Heidfeld - Renault - 1
Pastor Maldonado - Williams - 1
Adrian Sutil - Force India - 1
Mark Webber - Red Bull - 1
And the following shows how many times teams each team have dropped out in Q1:
Force India - 6
Sauber - 5
Ferrari - 4
Toro Rosso - 4
Renault - 3
Williams - 2
McLaren - 1
Red Bull - 1
Interestingly, Ferrari have had four cars fail to reach Q2 (although this does include Malaysia 2010, when both drivers were knocked out in Q1).
This means that Mercedes GP are the only team to have never failed to progress beyond the first session.