Just two teams blocked a proposal to run reverse grid qualifying races at three rounds on the 2020 F1 calendar, Ross Brawn has revealed.
“We wanted to try a small number of races in 2020, a different format, where it was a reverse grid on a Saturday based on championship order and that short format race would determine the grid order for the final race,” Brawn told Sky. “I thought it was a fascinating contest.”
The proposal was strongly criticised by drivers, who called it “artificial”. “The drivers were a little bit nervous which I can understand,” said Brawn.
“But we were just asking for three races to try this format. If it didn’t work, put our hands up. If it does work, great. If it’s something in between, we can work with [it] just to help us develop the format of racing.”
The plan failed to win the necessary support to be added to the rules for the 2020 F1 season.
“It’s frustrating that we’ve not been able to do that,” said Brawn. “And I think unfortunately is a classic problem of Formula 1.”
“The current governance system means we need unanimity to carry any decision through for next year,” he explained. “The teams initially said they would agree with it. And then two teams put their hands up at the last meeting and said they wouldn’t agree with it.”
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