“Formula 1 Should Stay the Way It Is” – Alain Prost Shares His Thoughts on Disputed F1 Concept

Published 12/30/2021, 9:10 AM EST
Alain Prost portrait during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Monaco on 25th of May, 2018 in Montecarlo, Monaco. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Formula One had an absolutely enthralling 2021 season. The sport gave us amazing races, dramatic moments, and a once-in-a-lifetime championship fight. It also attracted a record number of crowds this year. All this has come against the backdrop of an ongoing discussion in F1 about how ‘entertaining’ the sport should try to become. Four-time world champion Alain Prost still wants to keep some things traditional in F1.

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There has been a lot of talk regarding the reverse grid plans in Formula One. Many fans have mentioned that they would like to see the fastest drivers come from the back of the grid to challenge for the win. But Prost stated he is totally against the reverse grid idea.

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Alain Prost disagrees with the concept of the reverse grid

As reported by Motorsport-Turkey, the Alpine mentor does not agree with the idea of a reverse grid in Formula One. Although he acknowledged the role of sprint races in F1, Alain mentioned that the sport should not change too much.

“I’m totally against the idea of ​​the reverse grid. Formula 1 shouldn’t have agreed to do that, even in the sprint race. Lewis Hamilton had a great race starting from the last row in the sprint race in Brazil, but we shouldn’t think that just because it happened with him, it’s always going to be the same for every driver. It doesn’t happen that way. So I’m more of a tradition and I believe Formula 1 should stay the way it is,” said Prost.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14: Alain Prost, Special Advisor to Renault Sport F1, looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 14, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He also recognized that the popularity of the sport on Netflix has helped in getting new crowds into F1.

“I have to admit that we have a growing number of young fans thanks to the Netflix series. It’s great that we’re attracting the younger generation to the sport,” said Prost.

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(Quotes have been translated using Google Translate)

The reverse grid idea is interesting for the sport. From an entertainment point of view, it would be great to see drivers fighting from the back of the grid. But from the sporting perspective, it makes little sense to send the driver back on the grid after having qualified high up. Either way, it’ll be fascinating to see how the discussion develops in the future.

What’s your take on the reverse grid?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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