During the post-qualifying press conference, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were questioned by Motorlat about the prospect of reverse grids. However, it seems that neither driver really warmed up to the idea, and Vettel was far more blunt.
According to Hamilton, “I don’t really know what to say to it. People that propose that don’t really know what they’re talking about.”
Meanwhile, Vettel said, “I think it’s complete bullshit to be honest. I think we know… if you want to improve things I think it’s very clear we need to string the field more together, we need to have better racing. So, it’s just a plaster. I don’t know which genius came up with this but it’s not the solution. It’s completely the wrong approach.”
Even Charles LeClerc was not particularly thrilled at the prospect and admitted that he is happier to start first. However, he failed to see how it could be the solution that Formula 1 is looking for. According to the Monegasque driver, only the best can win and they should start in the best place.
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It is no secret that Formula One is constantly looking for ways to improve the spectacle. However, neither of the top 3 were too keen on such gimmicks to improve racing. Another proposed idea ahead of 2020 is to implement Saturday qualifying races. This is supposed to replace the current three-session timed eliminator format.
Apparently, the championship order would determine the grid for a sprint race on Saturday. Then, the results of that race, with a reverse grid, will determine how the 20 drivers line up for the actual grand prix on Sunday. Fortunately for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, that idea is still far away from getting the approval seal. For now though, the two of them and Charles LeClerc will be focusing on the Singapore Grand Prix race.