Method One’s motorsport director Ross Brawn believes Sunday’s dramatic Italian Grand Prix supplied a glimpse of how thrilling reverse grid qualifying races may very well be.
Earlier than the season obtained underway, F1 needed to shake up the qualifying format at sure grands prix this yr by deciding the grid with a dash race relatively than a timed qualifying session.
The thought was for the vehicles to line up in reverse championship order for a brief qualifying race on Saturday and use the ending order of that race to find out the grid for Sunday’s full-length grand prix. No factors can be awarded for the qualifying race, however the hope was that it could create unpredictable outcomes, extra pleasure and a break from the present race weekend format.
The thought wanted assist from all ten groups to be launched this yr, however reigning champions Mercedes made clear it would block the proposal. F1 accepted Mercedes’ objections and didn’t put the thought to a vote, however stated it could proceed to analyse the thought for future seasons.
Writing in a column on the official F1 web site, Brawn stated Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, which was stopped halfway by and noticed Pierre Gasly emerge as an unlikely winner after Lewis Hamilton was hit with a stop-go penalty, is proof that reverse grid racing may very well be thrilling.
“Monza was a candidate for a reverse grid dash race after we had been contemplating testing the format this yr,” he wrote. “Sadly, we couldn’t transfer ahead with it, however the idea remains to be one thing we and the FIA wish to work by within the coming months and focus on with the groups for subsequent yr.
“We consider that yesterday’s race confirmed the thrill a mixed-up pack can ship and with subsequent yr’s vehicles remaining the identical as this yr — our followers may very well be handled to the same drama we noticed this weekend at Monza.
“After all, with a reverse grid dash race, groups will set their vehicles up otherwise. Proper now, Mercedes set their vehicles as much as obtain the quickest lap after which to manage the race from the entrance. In the event that they know they must overtake, they should change that strategy. We are going to proceed to judge new codecs with the goal of enhancing the present however all the time sustaining the DNA of Method One.”
However Brawn believes the difficulties some vehicles confronted in attempting to overhaul is not going to be solved till F1’s new guidelines package deal is launched in 2022.
“What was fascinating was watching how the Mercedes — with such superior aerodynamics over its rivals — had such difficulties overtaking,” he added. “You might see Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ efficiency was compromised by being out of place within the pack.
“It was astonishing how such a dominant automobile struggled in visitors. It is why we consider the brand new era of revolutionary vehicles, set to reach in Method 1 in 2022, can be so significantly better for shut racing.”