Those responsible for Formula 1 are always looking for new ways to make the Grand Prix even more exciting. The idea of the reverse starting order is also discussed again and again – and causes heated discussions.
The GP stars were able to experience that a new racing format can cause excitement this year in Silverstone and Monza. The sprint qualifying format was tried out on these two race weekends. In Brazil, too, a mini-race should decide the starting order for the Grand Prix, which not only poses new challenges for the GP stars.
Toyoharu Tanabe, Formula 1 chief technology officer at Honda, emphasized in an interview with SpeedWeek: “With the sprint format, we already have a qualifying after the first practice session, which means that the cars are subject to the Parc Fermé rules early on. Accordingly, we have to understand and check the data from free training quickly before we start the final training. And that was a challenge for us.”
Nevertheless, the Japanese does not want to forego trying out new ideas. That is why he remains diplomatic on the controversial issue of the reverse starting order: “The fact that this is being discussed is proof that those responsible for Formula 1 are constantly thinking about how to make the sport even more exciting for even more spectators. And I think that’s one of those ideas that we have to try first to really know if it’s good or bad.”
“If we don’t try anything new, we will never make any progress, we would stay there, so we have to do that,” Tanabe knows. “Personally, I don’t know whether the reverse starting order would be a success or a failure. But in general I prefer to try new ideas instead of stagnating. And if something turns out to be good, it can be developed further. I think that’s the best way to move forward.”