A recent fan survey showed that 75% of those responding were against the idea of reverse grids. Yet in the history of motorsport, the starting line-up order has been decided in many ways.
Grand Prix grids were first set in the order of who went quickest in practice at the 1933 Monaco GP and of course now tradition reigns supreme over this matter.
Yet what do fans of Formula One want to see from a race?
Is it not the duels between drivers of different abilities in cars of different performance that is the attraction for most people?
Then again, some fans prefer a racing style time trial, where the best car and driver are flat out testing the capabilities of both man and machine against the given circuit configuration.
However, even the ‘purists’ have to accept the modern F1 cars mean racing in front of the rest of the field is itself a big advantage – and winning from this position may have less to do with a driver’s race craft skills or even the cars pure race pace.
Reverse grids are attractive for many, because it is in effect a handicap system, which many different sports utilise to level the playing field somewhat.
Then again, a random number generator for all cars in a race could create amazing spectacles as cars out of position duel with others they wouldn’t usually find themselves behind.
Maybe even grid boys and girls could do a live TV draw from a hat.
What if the drivers were set a challenge before each race/race weekend and then they start in the order the complete the challenge?
Team’s could have jokers to play, maybe even start a driver card school. Kimi fans will indubitably agree a vodka drinking competition would be the best way to resolve this.
So, should F1 keep sacred it’s starting position rituals – or maybe do something different that creates a greater number of on track race battle duels.