Some may be surprised that I could be in favour of the idea of reverse grids in Formula 1. I myself was initially resigned to putting it away in my bag of stupid tricks along with such FIA gems as the absurd DRS and double points, but then I started to think of how that would all roll out and how, perhaps, I would use this idea in a slightly different way. So play along with me here (you too Bernie), as this could even bring more $$ to F1.

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This would now become a very important day and one that would not allow for any sitting in the garage waving to the Cameras. This would, in fact, be the only practice any of the teams get. Also, you will have to break out that reserve driver. So as I said, two sessions during the Friday running, with a 3rd session of the reserve driver and 3rd car only.


This is where it starts to get really interesting and a reason why the attendance should go up on a traditionally low attendance day as we go straight into qualifying to what was P-3.

After qualifying we do indeed go into a ½ distance no pit stop race where the field start from the order of qualifying but in reverse, all (1/2 usual) points will go only towards the Constructors championship and each team must use a reserve driver as well as one of their regulars.

Now before you start screaming at me “what about the budgets man! What about the global downturn! Are you crazy!” Crazy like a fox I say, let’s think a little deeper. We know that there are indeed quite a few drivers on the outside looking in with some good sponsors in tow, but with the limited seats available they may never get the chance to get their foot in the door or the team see any of those Euros. This could be a lease on life for them and I think some of the money could be put back in the team’s pockets (come on Bernie do the right thing) with a growth in attendance at the track and on TV, and therefore income for all!

So we get more action throughout the weekend, a chance for new drivers to show their stuff (some teams could even bring in local national talent for each race) more races to watch and an interesting scenario with the reverse grid forcing passing throughout the race and giving the smaller teams at least a couple of turns at the sharp end, what could be better.


Sunday would return to the traditional format and drivers points now up for grabs.

Let the opinions begin!

  • Rapierman

    I like the idea of the reserve (or “junior”, if you prefer) drivers racing on Saturday. Not sure about the reverse order. Let’s give those reserves their own points and title. That way, they get the experience they need (see “NASCAR Nationwide” vs. “NASCAR Sprint Cup”) so that, when the time comes, they’ll be ready to step into the main race.

  • Jack Flash (Aust)

    Sorry… Are these Charsley’s ideas or yours Todd? Title vs written-by.
    Either way. Somebody has been snooping around in Nigella Lawson’s handbag… haven’t ‘sniff’ they ‘sniff’? JF

  • Tom Firth

    Hold on just one second, let me check I understand –

    Young drivers and drivers that never got a go get testing and race experience.
    We get more F1 cars on track
    Fans who aren’t so keen on a standard length race get a sprint race to watch.
    Bernie gets money
    TV gets more for the money
    Circuits make more money as it’s better value for money.
    Even if F1 spends more money, it doesn’t matter as cost costing is futile anyway.

    That’s genius not madness but never mind, it far too much sense therefore you must be mad ;-)

  • MIE

    Paul, you are the anti-Rosberg. I hope you never shake hands with Nico as you would both disappear…

  • the drivers seat

    Thanks! I take that as a compliment

    • MIE


  • Philippe

    Reverse grids, double points, DRS, HD tires… F1 is slowly turning into Blernsball.

  • Having a double points race is an awful way to go about extending the interest and number of drivers with a chance at winning the championship. Reverse order qualifying is accomplishing the same thing but it a more reasonable way. The drivers would have to work through the field, it would giver other teams a chance to score some points and try to leap frog teams in the standings, and generate more interest in the respective Saturdays.

    What about eliminating qualifying and making the Saturday sprint race the actual qualifying session? Line up in reverse order, as you stated, earn some points, and the finishing order of the race is the way they line up on race day.

  • @_Canuck_

    I can just see a rookie in the Ferrari starting at the back and doing a Ralph schumacher over the top of a Marussia into the first corner .

  • wchrisg

    You might run into some rising cost issues with replacing all that carbon fiber. Mandate front wings made out of Papier-mâché.