F1 should not try and engineer freak results, says Wolff

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Mercedes Formula One staff boss Toto Wolff made transparent on Saturday that he was once no keener on opposite grid qualifying races than closing 12 months when he made positive the plan was once rejected.

The idea is again at the desk after closing weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza become a surprise mystery after being stopped on the midway level and then restarted with a jumbled up box.

Formula One managing director Ross Brawn mentioned on Monday that the idea that was once “still something we and the (governing) FIA want to work through in the coming months and discuss with the teams for next year.”

Asked about it by means of newshounds on the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello in Italy after Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes staff mate Valtteri Bottas locked out the entrance row with the champions’ 9th pole in 9 races, Wolff was once dismissive.

“I think I have a better idea; I would do a reverse grid in alphabetical order of the team names and then we would change our name to AMG,” he mentioned.

“I don’t think that we should be messing around and this is not because I have a Mercedes bias.

“Nobody wants a winner that has started from a reverse grid. I don’t think we should be designing freak results where it is almost impossible to overtake just because we believe that the pecking order should be a different one.”

Mercedes may veto the proposal closing time however a brand new business settlement signed by means of the entire groups for 2021-25 calls for just a ‘super majority’ and may continue even though two groups are in opposition to.

Wolff, whose dominant staff have gained the closing six drivers’ and constructors’ titles and are heading for 2 extra in 2020, mentioned Formula One was once a meritocracy and not international wrestling with a “completely random” end result.

“If you want to do random, let’s make it a show,” he mentioned.

“But the core DNA of sport is being a sport, and then an entertainment platform but it’s not a show. It’s not a reality show and it’s not Big Brother and I don’t think we should be going there.”

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