January 21, 2021

F1 shouldn’t try 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 certain 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 subject.

Method One managing director Ross Brawn mentioned on Monday that the idea was “nonetheless one thing we and the (governing) FIA wish 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 feel I’ve a greater concept; I’d do a reverse grid in alphabetical order of the crew names after which we’d change our title to AMG,” he mentioned.

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

“No one needs a winner that has began from a reverse grid. I don’t assume we ought to be designing freak outcomes the place it’s virtually unattainable to overhaul simply because we imagine that the pecking order ought to be a distinct one.”

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

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

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

“However the core DNA of sport is being a sport, after which an leisure platform but it surely’s not a present. It’s not a actuality present and it’s not Huge Brother and I don’t assume we ought to be going there.”