Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, has now seemed to have quashed the idea of a reverse style grid for the second race of back to back events.
The idea had been previously suggested last year but they didn't get the backing from the Formula one Teams or drivers for that matter. Both Vettel and Hamiltion were certainly not keen on the idea. They raised the idea again for the back to back events happening at Austria and Silverstone to have something different both weekends but at the same track. After re-visiting the idea all but one team seem to have agreed that it is a good idea. Toto Wolf though said that they are in such a competitive position and are going for their 7th World Championship.
Ross Brawn said on the situation to Autosport :
"We looked at it last year, and we didn't get support," when speaking of the reverse grid plan.
"We thought that this coming season with the necessity to have some of the grands prix as second weekends at the same track it would be a perfect idea for the second race. So in Austria, Silverstone, and if there are any in the second half of the season, then we could do the same.
"But we couldn't because of Mercedes. Toto was quite frank in the meeting. 'We're in what we think is the best competitive position, we're chasing a seventh world championship, why would I give up that opportunity I have? Because this proposal will put me in a far more difficult position.'
Brawn on Toto's thoughts "I understood that and respected it. I wish that he would have taken a bigger view, but he didn't. I think all the stuff that came out afterwards was just fog"
They are still keen to find a solution as they don't want the same race weekend happening twice in a row with the back to back events held at Austria and Silverstone. They are looking into the possiblity of changing the tyre compound strategy. This will ensure that on the practice days, there is something for the fans to watch not just having them wait it out as they had got their results from the previous weekend.
He went on to say:
"We are discussing it at the moment," said Brawn. "There are two elements to the second weekend.
"There's making sure people run all weekend, as we don't want a very quiet Friday because they've got all the data they need.
"And the other aspect is, is there something we can do that will engage fans a little bit more at the second race because of a change? Something which the teams won't see as upsetting their competitive status within F1.
"It will be very small if it is, it will be something like tyre compounds or something of that sort, we'll see whether there's any scope to do something with it. If they have a different range of compounds available, they'll do some work."