Ferrari still rooting for reverse grid sprint races

ZANDVOORT – Mattia Binotto, team principal Scuderia Ferrari, prior to the Dutch Grand Prix at the Zandvoort circuit. REMKO DE WAAL (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Mattia Binotto thinks Formula 1 should consider using reverse grid for sprint qualifying sessions.


  • Binotto believes the reverse grid system will help in the entertainment side of the sport.
  • The Ferrari team principal, however, wants to see how all three proposed sprint qualifying races for this year go before judging it.

What he had to say:

  • “I like it,” he said regarding reverse grid qualifying. “I like it because I think that for the show and the spectacle it can be of interest.
  • Regarding the judgement of the current format, he expressed: “Certainly having the quali on the Friday, having only one hour for the drivers to be prepared for it and entering then into a parc ferme is something which is interesting because it jeopardizes the overall balance of performance between the teams. So I’m in favour, generally speaking.”
  • “I’m pretty sure that we can address it in terms of details. There are things that can be improved. But I think those ones again we can [be] open minded to discuss with F1, FIA, the other teams but I think we can do it only when the three races under the full experiment will be concluded.”
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