F1 boss Ross Brawn appears to be ready to introduce reverse grid races into the racing calendar.
Brawn reportedly wants to see more of the manic action that transpired at this past Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, which resulted in AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly securing a surprise victory at the Monza circuit.
The race itself began with a red-flag restart, which created a mixed-up grid and caused the usually dominant Mercedes team to not figure at all on the final podium.
Instead it was Gasly, who finished ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll. All of these drivers subsequently earned only their second podium finish in F1.
It also proved a good day for Britain’s Lando Norris, who finished in fourth, but as for the other two leading teams Red Bull and Ferrari, like Mercedes, they also experienced a poor performance, which resulted in the race’s unpredictable nature.
Following the race, Brawn wrote in his F1 column: "Monza was a candidate for a reverse-grid sprint race when we were considering testing the format this year.
"Unfortunately, we could not move forward with it, but the concept is still something we and the FIA want to work through in the coming months and discuss with the teams for next year.
“We believe that Sunday’s race showed the excitement a mixed-up pack can deliver and with next year’s cars remaining the same as this year our fans could be treated to the similar drama we saw this weekend at Monza.
"Of course, with a reverse grid sprint race, teams will set their cars up differently.
“Right now, Mercedes set their cars up to achieve the fastest lap and then to control the race from the front. If they know they have to overtake, the will have to change that approach.
“We will continue to evaluate new formats with the aim of improving the show but always maintaining the DNA of Formula One.”
It was Kevin Magnussen’s breakdown outside the pit entry, which saw the lane shut moments before Hamilton drove in for his pit stop.
This resulted in a stop-go penalty for the Brit, and following Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc’s crash, which caused a red flag, it forced Hamilton to the back of the field.
The six-time World Champion, however, did manage to achieve the fastest lap of the race and passed eight cars on his way to securing a seventh-place finish, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth.
His nearest title challenger Max Verstappen, meanwhile, retired with a technical problem, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel also failed to reach the end following a brake failure.
The drivers are due to remain in Italy for the next race of the season, which takes place in Tuscany this coming weekend.
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