Reverse grid will 'punish' drivers for driving well - Mika Salo

Former F1 driver, Mika Salo. Image: AFP
Former F1 driver, Mika Salo. Image: AFP

F1 looking into reverse grid to 'shak' things up

Mika Salo says the idea sounds interesting

Drivers are 'punished' for driving well

Mika Salo says reverse grid races are "worth a try" as Formula 1 looks to emerge from its coronavirus shutdown.

The sport is tipped to reveal its initial European 'ghost race' schedule today (June 1), and reports suggest Liberty Media wants to use the opportunity to revive its idea of shaking up the race format with reverse grids.

Former F1 driver and occasional steward, Salo, told Ilta Sanomat newspaper: "Sounds pretty weird, but it would be interesting to see the experiment."

Reportedly, the plan involves replacing qualifying with a short sprint race.

Short sprint race

Salo added: "Everything is worth a try. After all, they're trying to make F1 and the show more entertaining and the Americans know how to do that."

However, Mercedes is believed to be opposed to the idea, which is set to be voted on early this week as the official ghost race calendar is ratified.

READ: The idea of a reverse grid for races revisited as F1 looks to spice up the 2020 season

Salo thinks the plan may also be unpopular among the drivers.

The Finn said: "For the driver, it's not much fun because you are punished for driving well. In that sense it's not right, and it's of course a different matter for those with a very good car who can get past everyone. But least there would be some variety by putting inferior cars at the front."

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