2020-09-06 15:57:51 UTC
I wonder if there have been any other races in all the time that Mark
has been running the pool when no one has scored any points.
(I put "partial spoiler" in the subject since the above reveals a fair
bit about the finishers.)
On another topic: the Sky commentators seemed quite enthusiastic about
reverse grids. I can't say that I agree. But that aside, I think it
was Martin Brundle who suggested that reverse grids might induce the
teams to change their philosophy of car setup/design. They might want
to place more importance on following and passing than in leading or
running in "clean air". That I would agree with.
It's frustrating to me -- and I assume to the teams as well -- when a
car that is markedly faster when running in front suddenly becomes so
much slower and unable to pass when they are forced into following
another car. I realize that the teams make choices already, between
higher and lower levels of downforce: choosing either to go faster on
the straights or faster in the corners, depending on the configuration
of the track. But if you are confident in qualifying at the front, you
are going to hope to stay there and lessen your reliance on being able
to follow and pass any car in front of you.
I don't know. It's obviously a complex subject and I certainly am no
race engineer or strategist.