In the round-up: Four-times world champion Alain Prost says he will stop watching Formula 1 if the series introduces reverse grid races.

In brief

‘I hate reverse grid races’ – Prost

Prost said he supports F1’s decision to experiment with the sprint qualifying race format, but is strongly criticised recent suggestions reverse grid races could be introduced next year.

“I’m very happy about testing things if it’s possible,” Prost told Alpine’s website. “But you need to understand why you want to make these decisions, what is the reason for it.

“Formula 1 has to stay sort of tradition[al], that means the technology and the pinnacle of the automobile sport. We need to understand that the best team has to win because it’s the best, because it’s the spirit and the aim of Formula 1.

“For example the reverse grid, I hate that. I hate that. If they would introduce reverse grid in Formula 1, I think I would quit the sport because I think it’s the worst you can do for the idea of Formula 1. I prefer to have the domination of a team because they have done the best job rather than having that. But I am open. I am very traditionalist.”

The 51-times grand prix winner said he had accepted past changes to the sport, such as increasing the number of points awarded for victories. “I was not very happy because it’s very difficult to compare to what we had in the past.

“But on the other side, I remember in ’82 we all finished about five races in the year and reliability was so poor. Now we have a fantastic reliability. So if you have only the first six cars getting points it could happen that some teams never have points so you have to adjust also in a way.”

Ferrari still pushing for reverse grid races

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is among those pushing hardest for the introduction of reverse grid races. He described the sprint qualifying format trial as “a positive experiment” overall with clear room for improvement.

“If you look at the view of the entire week, obviously not looking at a single day, but as overall in terms of the weekend having already some action on Friday I think is positive. So overall I think we should judge it positively.

“How can we improve it? Obviously there are some ideas, as the reverse grid. If not, that’s one of the issues that there will be other discussions or ideas that may come up through the F1 Commission with F1 and FIA and other team principals. So I’m fully open-minded.

“I think what we need is to honestly consider that as an overall positive experiment so far that still can be improved. Let’s see what can be the better ideas compared to the one I suggested.”

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