Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Formula 1 should not introduce a qualifying reverse grid sprint race, as “nobody wants a winner that has started from a reverse grid”.
After an exciting race at Monza, that produced a new F1 winner Pierre Gasly, talks about the introduction of a qualifying reverse grid sprint races have intensified. Toto Wolff doesn’t believe this would be good for Formula 1.
“I don’t think that we should mess with any of the format,” said the Austrian.
“We see racing series that have tried to change formats that has historically been understood by the fans, NASCAR and the Chase comes to my mind, and I don’t think we should be messing around.
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“This is not because I have a Mercedes bias. On the contrary, I like the variability and the unpredictability, and we will have races that will be very different such as the Monza race.
“But nobody wants a winner that has started from a reverse grid. I don’t think we should be designing freak results where it is almost impossible to overtake, just because we believe that the pecking order should be a different one.
“This is a meritocracy, this is a sport where best man and best machine wins, and this is not WWE, where the outcome is completely random.
“If you want to do random, let’s make it a show. But I think the core DNA of the sport is being a sport, and then an entertainment platform.
“It’s not a show, it’s not a reality show, and it’s not Big Brother, and I don’t think we should be going there,” concluded Wolff.