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F1 set to revisit reverse grid dash race plan

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly scored a shock victory after Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton acquired a penalty and the opposite typical front-runners hit bother.

Gasly was joined on the rostrum by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll, marking the primary race since Hungary 2012 the place no drivers from Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari completed within the high three.

Hamilton fought again from working 30 seconds off the pack to complete the race seventh, rising again up by means of the order after a cease/go penalty ended his win hopes.

The thrilling race and shock front-runners reignited the talk about utilizing reverse grid dash race codecs in F1 sooner or later.

The thought was proposed as a substitute for qualifying at choose races in 2020, just for Mercedes to dam the transfer because it required unanimous approval.

Writing in his post-race column, F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn stated that Monza was deliberate as a race the place a reverse grid dash race would have changed qualifying in 2020.

He stated that Sunday’s race proved the sort of pleasure a mixed-up order may supply, and that it was the proper alternative to revisit the proposal for the longer term.

“Monza was a candidate for a reverse grid sprint race when we were considering testing the format this year,” Brawn stated.

“Unfortunately, we could not move forward with it, but the concept is still something we and the FIA want to work through in the coming months and discuss with the teams for next year.

“We imagine that yesterday’s race confirmed the joy a mixed-up pack can ship and with subsequent 12 months’s automobiles remaining the identical as this 12 months – our followers may very well be handled to the same drama we noticed this weekend at Monza.

“Of course, with a reverse grid sprint race, teams will set their cars up differently. Right now, Mercedes set their cars up to achieve the fastest lap and then to control the race from the front.

“If they know they should overtake, they must change that strategy.

“We will continue to evaluate new formats with the aim of improving the show but always maintaining the DNA of Formula 1.”

It is known that talks over race codecs for 2021 are set to ramp up between F1, the FIA and groups within the coming weeks, throughout which the reverse grid dash races shall be revisited.

But not like talks for 2020, the place the transfer required unanimity, the altered governance construction beneath the brand new Concorde Agreement for 2021 implies that solely a ‘tremendous majority’ is required to push by means of the transfer.

A brilliant majority is reached with 28 votes. Both the FIA and F1 maintain 10 votes, with the ten groups then every holding a single vote.

It implies that the thought may very well be authorised for 2021 even with two groups rejecting the transfer.

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