“I would leave the sport”– Alain Prost warns about leaving Formula 1 if the reverse grid is applied in the sport to make it “entertaining”.
The reverse grid has always been on the cards to make Formula 1 enjoyable, but for Alain Prost, it doesn’t seem to be an exciting idea and threatens to leave F1 if it’s applied.
Prost has also shown its resentments towards several changes applied in the sport over the recent past but claims this to be the final straw, as he believes in the idea of the car’s merit.
“I think it’s good that Formula 1 is trying some things,” he tells the French team’s Prost in the Paddock podcast, “but you have to understand why you want to do this.
“You have to ask yourself why,” he continues. “Formula 1 must remain traditional. We have to understand the best car and the best driver win because they are the best. That’s the whole idea of Formula 1.
“I hate the idea of a reverse starting order,” he admits. “I hate it. If they introduce the reversed grid in Formula 1, I would leave the sport. I think that’s the worst thing you can do for Formula 1.”
“I would rather see a team dominate because they did the best work than a reversed grid. But I am very traditionalist. They also experimented with points for pole position at the time, which I was not happy about.”
The sprint races were the compromise
The reverse grid is broadly not accepted by the majority of stakeholders in F1; thus, the sprint races are claimed to be the compromise by F1 to add some spice into the Grand Prix weekends.
This is also not tolerable to most of the leadership in F1, including Toto Wolff, who recently shared his resentments with the inclusion of these 100-km long races to decide the grid positions for the main race.