Toto Wolff explained the reasons why Mercedes opposed the idea of qualifying races. The formula 1 wanted to run a 30-minute qualifying race in the second race of a double event in the reverse order of the championship state, but because unanimity was necessary, Mercedes’veto was sufficient to throw off the idea.
It seems to be a common scheme in formula 1, that we are digging up old ideas that have already been thoroughly investigated and rejected,”the Mercedes Motorsport Manager wonders in a video call with journalists why the idea came back on the table at all.”The idea is not a good idea. Someone thinks it’s a good idea and then it’s back on the agenda.”
But, as with similar proposals last year, Mercedes was also against a reversal of the starting lineup this time, and Wolff cites three reasons for this. First, I believe that formula 1 is a performance society,”says the Austrian.”I think that formula 1 is a performance society.” The best driver in the best car wins. We do not need a gimmick to turn the field around and make racing more exciting.”
Wolff fears tactical calculus
The second reason he sees tactical reasons that speak against it. Already in touring car series it was repeatedly seen that drivers deliberately drive to the rear seats in order to be at the very front in a race with a reverse starting position. Wolff fears the same in Formula 1.
mainly because the second race in Spielberg is also the second of the season. Thus, the result of the first race would be equivalent to the ranking in the qualifying race. A pilot who does not look so good in the first race could intentionally fail to stand on poles for the qualifying race.
If only midfield cars stand around him, “then he will surely stand on poles and win the race on Sunday,” Wolff believes. “If only midfield cars stand around him,”then he will definitely stand on poles and win the race on Sunday,”Wolff says. The cars in the middle field will defend themselves as best they can and the fast cars in the back have a greater risk of falling out. This could affect the championship.”
Are the fans against it?
Wolff’s third argument:”The fastest car, and we don’t have to be, is disadvantaged compared to the second fastest and third fastest, because they just start from it. We know that the distances are often not great, so it is an opportunistic proposal to give some teams an advantage.”
Furthermore, the Mercedes boss does not believe that the fans of the proposal at all like:”We have said that it is not the time to experiment with things, Interestingly, they don’t even have the support of the fan community,”he says. In a recent survey, only fifteen percent have shown an interest in reverse starting positions.”