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The big story 💥: Prost “hates” reverse grid concept in F1
The idea of introducing reverse grid races in Formula 1 is causing controversy among the paddock as it got mixed opinions from big names of the sport.
One of them is Alain Prost, who came out strongly against the proposal.
- Prost thinks Formula 1 should stay with the traditional approach to the race weekends.
- The 4-time world champion admits he will leave the sport should F1 introduce reverse grid races in the future.
What he said:
- “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,” he said.
- “I hate the idea of a reverse starting order. I hate it. If they introduce the reverse grid in Formula 1, I would leave the sport!“
Despite the comments around the paddock, Formula 1 won’t see reverse grids in the foreseeable future:
- Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali admitted this past February that reverse grid racing in Formula 1 is “off the table” for the foreseeable future.
- “I think that it’s important to think maybe of new ideas of being more attractive and interesting,” he said, “but we don’t have to lose the traditional approach of racing.”
Gasly 🔙 to Red Bull not ruled out
Christian Horner revealed that Red Bull doesn’t rule out signing Pierre Gasly, highlighting that he is doing a great job at AlphaTauri.
Why it matters: The Red Bull team principal believes that the Frenchman performs well and admits that the team has multiple options for the 2023 season, meaning that Gasly could be one of the candidates for a seat.
- Horner underlines the importance of Red Bull junior program, putting the team in a good position to choose a great driver in the future.
- Besides mentioning Gasly, Horner has also pointed out that Liam Lawson and Juri Vips are doing well in F2 as well as Dennis Hauger and Jak Crawford in F3.
What he had to say:
- “I would never rule anything out. He’s driving at a very nice standard. He’s still very young, and he’s doing a great job. For 2023, we have multiple options available to us, so when you’re in the situation that we are, that’s exactly what we want,” Horner told Formula1.com.
- “We have this group of young talent coming through. We have Liam Lawson and Juri Vips in F2, we have got Dennis Hauger leading the way in F3, and an exciting young American, Jak Crawford. So there is strength and depth in the junior program.”
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Tsunoda’s performance “reasonably good” in 2021
Franz Tost explains why Yuki Tsunoda stayed at AlphaTauri for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Why it matters: Many people questioned the decision to retain the young Japanese driver for the next season.
- Tost thinks that Tsunoda has performed well this season.
- The AlphaTauri team principal believes that Tsunoda’s mistakes are a part of the adaptation to the sport and hopes that it is over.
What he had to say:
- “So far Yuki has done a reasonably good job. He was fast. He finished in Budapest in sixth position and his first race he was ninth in Bahrain.”
- “Of course, he had some crashes but I always say the crash period is part of the education process, how will someone find the limit if he is not allowed to crash.”
- “Now, I hope that this crash period is finished now.”
Alpine’s recovery expected at Sochi
Marcin Budkowski thinks that Alpine will be back to normal performance at the upcoming Russian GP.
Why it matters: Despite a double points finish, Alpine faced struggles during the Italian GP.
- Budkowski expects that Alpine will get to Q3 on Saturday and score more points than at Monza.
What he had to say:
- “Sochi will be better, not quite perfect for us, but better,” Budkowski told Motorsport.com.
- “I think we should be back to our level of competitiveness that we’ve had so far, which means qualifying in the top 10, and racing for slightly bigger points.”
That’s everything we have for you this morning. Have a great day and see you tomorrow for the next ASN Morning Brief. 👋