Why reversed-grid F1 races now look inevitable for 2021

published on July 2, 2020

like it or love it the idea of reverse

grid races in Formula one simply will

not disappear after an unsuccessful

attempt to introduce the format into

this year's unique schedule f1 plans to

table it again for 2021 but why is f1 so

keen to make it happen what stopped

reverse grid race is happening in 2020

and why should it be any different for

next year before we tackle those

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push for reverse grids and why it seems

to be a matter of when they are


not if f1 bosses have talked about

having a reversed grid race added to the

weekend schedule for some time back in

2019 the original suggestion was for the

format to be trialed at select races in

2020 with the French Belgian and Russian

GPS as a target that idea didn't have

enough support and was dropped but f1

has retained its interest in the former

it then revived its efforts after the

pandemic forced the rule makers to come

up with an unusual schedule including

double headers at two venues so far and

maybe several more when the rest of the

calendar is worked out f one's idea was

to use one each of the back-to-back

races at the Red Bull Ring and

Silverstone to trial a Saturday sprint

race to determine the grid for the Grand

Prix on the Sunday the grid for the

short Saturday sprint race would be the

reverse of the championship order not

from a qualifying session as is often

assumed then the results of the sprint

race would form the grid for the grand

prix f1 zâlimûn is this would prevent

the second part of a doubleheader simply

being a repeat of the first it would

also be an opportunity to trial reverse

grid races in reality so the idea can be

assessed properly for the future rather

than just being a hypothetical debate

the idea was tabled so late that it was

subject to an f1 rule that stipulates

unanimous agreement is required from all

10 teams to change any of the sporting

regulations after April 30th

a Mercedes said no to reverse grids

which meant the idea never even properly

got off the ground Mercedes team boss

toto wolff

outlined three fundamental reasons for

his objection number one the F one's a

meritocracy and doesn't need a gimmick

to create more exciting racing number

two the unplanned consequences that

teams could game the system by retiring

a struggling driver in the first Grand

Prix to guarantee themselves pole

position for the following weekend's

qualifying race he also suggested of

midfield teams racing too hard could

result in more incidents of retirements

number three that fastest cars will be

penalized and slower cars rewarded so

Mercedes felt the push for reverse grids

was opportunism from the worst teams the

other factor that's important here is

that beyond the simple teams vote f1 has

a very complex rulemaking system and

unanimity is at the heart of it the

first stage is the strategy group which

comprises FIA and f1 representatives and

only six teams Ferrari Red Bull McLaren

Mercedes Williams and the highest

finishing other team in the previous

year's Constructors Championship which

is presently Renault the next stage is

the f1 Commission comprising the FIA f1

all ten teams and other major

stakeholders including race promoters

this structure which requires unanimity

throughout before a new rule ever makes

it to the FIA world motorsport council

for discussion and ratification has made

it very difficult to force through major

changes but that's changing from 2021 an

f1 is quietly confident that will help

him force through reverse grids

from next year f ones governance process

is being massively simplified there'll

be a 13-member rulemaking body with a

split of 10 for the FIA 10 for f1 and 10

teams and unanimity will no longer be

needed from those 30 members 25 votes

will be required to approve a rule

change tabled before May the 1st of the

season in question even after that date

there's no need for unanimity a bigger

majority of 28 votes will suffice as new

cars aren't going to be introduced until

2022 and development is restricted for

2021 the carryover of chassis into next

season means there is a good chance of a

very similar if not identical

competitive order so f1 is keen to try

again for reverse grids and under the

new voting system assuming it still has

the FIA s full support only half the

teams on the grid would need to approve

it that would mean any team like

Mercedes would be powerless to stop the

new format being implemented and even if

Mercedes rallied its customer teams

which next year would be McLaren racing

point and Williams it would not have

enough opposition to prevent the change

reverse grid qualifying races seem to

have every chance therefore of being

incorporated into the 2021 season but

they will not be implemented at every

Grand Prix instead tailored to certain

events so that's the full story on f1 s

reversed grid push what's held it back

so far and the crucial change coming for

2021 that could bulldoze the current

opposition what do you think about a

proposal is it worth experimenting with

just to see how it works in reality or

do reverse grid races have no part in f1

which races do you reckon would be the

best contenders if it is done on an

experimental basis let us know in the

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