Sebastian Vettel has criticised Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn’s plan to introduce reverse grid races, saying it would go against fair sporting competition.Brawn indicated he would make a fresh push to win support for his proposal to hold reverse grid sprint races instead of qualifying sessions at some rounds.
Vettel said the idea of reverse grid races is “completely wrong”, and the fact they are being considered shows other attempts to improve the racing have not worked.
“If you are pushing in that direction [it’s] a testimony that you failed to come up with regulations and tools that bring the field more together and make racing better on the track,” said Vettel in response to a question from RaceFans.
“I mean, as a reminder, we had new front wing regulations which cost everybody a fortune, but ultimately haven’t changed much in terms of racing.”
Last year Formula 1 announced plans for radical changes to car aerodynamics for 2021 in order to improve the quality of racing. These were postponed by a year as a cost-saving measure following the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Obviously the hopes are on 2022 for the regulation changes,” said Vettel. “I think we need to fix that and address the main points rather than trying to play the lottery.”
Vettel said using a reverse grid to produce unexpected results “is just against the element of sport and competition.”
“As a competitor, as much as I don’t like other people to win, I have to accept if other people win or do a better job,” he said. “Therefore I think it would be wrong in the name of sport to try and mix things up that way.”
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