January 25, 2021

F1 shouldn’t attempt to engineer freak outcomes, says Wolff – different sports activities

Mercedes Method One crew boss Toto Wolff made clear on Saturday that he was no keener on reverse grid qualifying races than final yr when he made positive the plan was rejected.

The idea is again on the desk after final weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza changed into a shock thriller after being stopped on the midway level after which restarted with a jumbled up area.

Method One managing director Ross Brawn stated on Monday that the idea was “nonetheless one thing we and the (governing) FIA need to work via within the coming months and talk about with the groups for subsequent yr.”

Requested about it by reporters on the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello in Italy after Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes crew mate Valtteri Bottas locked out the entrance row with the champions’ ninth pole in 9 races, Wolff was dismissive.

“I believe I’ve a greater thought; I’d do a reverse grid in alphabetical order of the crew names after which we might change our title to AMG,” he stated.

“I don’t suppose that we must be messing round and this isn’t as a result of I’ve a Mercedes bias.

“No one desires a winner that has began from a reverse grid. I don’t suppose we must be designing freak outcomes the place it’s virtually not possible to overhaul simply because we imagine that the pecking order must be a special one.”

Mercedes might veto the proposal final time however a brand new business settlement signed by all of the groups for 2021-25 requires solely a ‘tremendous majority’ and will proceed even when two groups are towards.

Wolff, whose dominant crew have gained the final six drivers’ and constructors’ titles and are heading for 2 extra in 2020, stated Method One was a meritocracy and never worldwide wrestling with a “utterly random” final result.

“If you wish to do random, let’s make it a present,” he stated.

“However the core DNA of sport is being a sport, after which an leisure platform nevertheless it’s not a present. It’s not a actuality present and it’s not Large Brother and I don’t suppose we must be going there.”