Formula 1 has again been forced to abandon plans to introduce reverse-grid qualifying races due to a lack of unanimous support from teams.
However, as RaceFans reported yesterday, Mercedes and Racing Point did not support the proposal, which would have been introduced for the two extra races begin held at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, respectively called the Steiermark Grand Prix and 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Today Formula 1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey admitted the plan would not be introduced in an interview on the sport’s official website. “We’ve talked about a couple in the coronavirus context of these two races,” he said. “At this point we’ve had one that’s been publicised about a reverse grid that not all teams were comfortable with and making changes in this short timeframe requires unanimity of support.”
F1 tried to introduce the same rules last year, when it also failed to gain the support of teams.
Carey said he views the disruption caused by the pandemic as an opportunity to vary the race weekend format, but stressed he does not want to introduce “gimmicks” to the sport.
“We’re changing almost real time inside the season, but we’ll continue to look at ideas,” he said. “We want to make sure they’re not gimmicks.
“It’s a great sport with great history, great heroes, great stars, incredibly talented drivers and other individuals so we want to respect everything to a degree but we want to make sure that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t look at ways to make some changes.
“To some degree, this season being unique gives a little bit more opportunity to try something that I don’t think we would do unless we thought it was a real possibility to add something to the race. But I think we’ll continue [talks] but it won’t be unique to this. I think we always want to be challenging ourselves and [looking at whether] there other things we can do to make the sport better.”
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