Four-time world champion Alain Prost is more than fine with Formula 1 experimenting with new formats. However, as long as they don’t even think of coming up with reversed grids.
Alain Prost is a four-time Formula 1 World Champion and today Alpine’s team advisor. He likes certain traditions of the sport, because they determine the DNA of Formula 1. For example, he is firmly against a much suggested plan, although he is not against changes or experimentation in general.
This season, Formula 1 is trying out a new format during three Grand Prix weekends. Qualifying will be held on Friday and will determine the starting order for the Sprint Qualifying on Saturday. That short race then determines the starting grid for the (main) race on Sunday. All fine according to Prost, as long as the DNA of the sport is not tampered with.
“I’m fine with trying new things, but you have to be clear about why you want to change certain things,” says ‘Le Professeur’ in the podcast Prost in the Paddock. “Formula 1 must remain true to the tradition that it remains technically the cream of the crop.”
“In the end, the best team has to win, because that’s the best team. That’s the DNA of Formula 1. The idea of reversed grids, for example? I hate it. I hate it! When they introduce reversed grids in Formula 1, then I’ll be gone. That’s the worst thing you can do.”
“I would rather have a team dominate the sport because they have done the best work than opt for the principle of an inverted starting grid,” the Frenchman concluded for himself.