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Aston Martin fear F1 'on a slippery slope to becoming F2' with reverse grid idea

Aston Martin fear F1 'on a slippery slope to becoming F2' with reverse grid idea

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Aston Martin fear F1 'on a slippery slope to becoming F2' with reverse grid idea

Aston Martin fear F1 'on a slippery slope to becoming F2' with reverse grid idea

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer believes F1 would be on "a slippery slope to becoming Formula 2" if it gave the green light to reverse grid sprint races.

The thorny subject of reverse grid events has again materialised following the low-key sprint qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix that lacked any meaningful action after the first lap.

The jury is out at present, with F1 to make a definitive decision on whether to pursue it next year or find an alternative following the third and final sprint qualifying trial ahead of the São Paulo Grand Prix.

Whatever the outcome, Szafnauer is personally hoping F1 will avoid a reverse grid race, even if it is a standalone event on Saturday based on championship position, with Friday's qualifying simply determining the grid for Sunday's grand prix.

"I personally will support what the fans deem to be entertaining," said Szafnauer.

"However, a reverse grid in Formula 1 is a big, big departure from what this sport was always about.

"I personally wouldn't want us to have this sprint race on Saturday turn into a slippery slope into becoming Formula 2.

"If that's what the fans want, then I'm wrong, and let's do what the fans want.

"But I don't think Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, can start entertaining weight penalties, reverse grids, all that kind of stuff."

Let's wait until after Brazil - Szafnauer

A number of polls that followed sprint qualifying in Monza were heavily in favour of F1 ditching what appeared popular after the original event at the British Grand Prix.

Szafnauer has suggested there was a certain novelty value attached to that race at Silverstone, and that only after the third event in São Paulo should firm conclusions be drawn.

"We said we were going to try it three times this year and the third one is in Brazil," added Szafnauer.

"So I think the right thing is to stay the course, do it in Brazil as well, then analyse the three.

"As somebody said, the second one didn't have the novelty of the first. The third one won't have that novelty either.

"Look back at all three of them, then decide."

Should F1 continue with its sprint format in the future?

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Missedmyturn

Bring back refueling in the race. The fact that some will run a heavier load during qualifying always shook up the qualifying and made the race more entertaining as well. As the teams needed to balance fuel level and as well as tire wear.

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Missedmyturn

Bring back refueling in the race. The fact that some will run a heavier load during qualifying always shook up the qualifying and made the race more entertaining as well. As the teams needed to balance fuel level and as well as tire wear.

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@Missedmyturn

Sorry the refueling era was the poorest, in that almost all overtakes were in the pits, with hardly any on track, it was boring even for a life long F1 fan like me.

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sagosac

if a show is suffering attractivity, I would never opt to address areas which were never an issue before

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I'm not sure about sprint qualifying but I think it should be tried again next year because of the aerodynamic changes. See if it gets better regarding overtaking.

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JulianN

Reconsider not using tracks where overtaking is impossible and swap those circuits for tracks where overtaking is possible.

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Bring back monsoon tyres, I know visibility will still be very poor at the start but monsoon tyres will clear the track & we will not have the problems that the wet weather has caused recently.

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Martin

I as a fan of F1, do not like the sprint race format at all, nor believe it adds to the race weekend. Why place a FP2 between the Quali. and the sprint anyhow? It makes no sense whatsoever.

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