The reverse grid in Formula 1 could become a reality. Already last year, there were discussions about making a change to the classic Sprint race format, although it never materialized.
The idea, however, could materialize for the 2024 season. Formula 1 introduced Sprint races in 2021 with the goal of attracting younger audiences. Since then, the format has gradually changed. It evolved from determining the starting grid to points distribution, culminating in having an entire day dedicated to the Sprint, independent of the F1 weekend, with its own standings.
Saturdays are now dedicated to the new format. Teams prepare their drivers for the Sprint Shootout qualifying, which then determines the starting grid for the Sprint Race to be held later that day.
This year, we might witness another modification. This is where the reverse grid comes into play.
According to the German magazine Motorsport Aktuell, discussions are underway on how to organize the new Sprint weekend. On one hand, there are those who want to retain last year’s format, making only the small change of having Sprint qualifying on Fridays. On the other hand, there are those proposing the reverse grid, meaning establishing the starting order based on the inverted championship driver standings.
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The German magazine explains that there will be a meeting between team executives this week to decide whether to adopt this measure and how to implement it. If the inverted grid gets the green light, the Sprint Shootout could be ready to distribute points as early as Friday.
While the proposal is enticing, it may not find favor with all the teams. Similarly, the new proposal could create confusion among fans.