Horner comes up with an idea from the past to test reverse grid

25-09-2020 19:34 | Updated: 25-09-2020 22:29
by GPblog.com
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Horner comes up with an idea from the past to test reverse grid

The reversed grid has for some time been an idea that is being seriously considered for Formula 1. This is mainly because Ross Brawn is in favour of it. His plans are met with a lot of resistance from the top teams, but Christian Horner has another idea.

With Mercedes normally racing off into the horizon within a few laps, it is not surprising that Liberty Media would like to see this change. That's why Ross Brawn previously proposed to replace qualifying with a sprint race at four Grands Prix this season. The starting position would then be determined by the reverse order of the championship standings.

Toto Wolff of Mercedes fiercely resisted these plans and Christian Horner didn't like it either. Horner therefore now proposes to try out the concept in races that do not count for the championship.

The past as a model for the future

"We have so many beautiful jobs competing for a place on the calendar that we will not always find a place for them in the future. And what do we have to lose if we pick an event to test something new," said Red Bull Racing's team boss according to Motorsport-Total.com.

F1 races that don't count towards the World Championship are anything but new. In the 50s, 60s and 70s it was even very common to serve countries that did not organise a Grand Prix in this way. Drivers and teams were then allowed to decide for themselves whether they showed up. The last F1 race in that style was held in 1983.

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