John Floyd
Motorsport columnist
2 minute read
29 Sep 2021
10:26 am

FLOYD ON F1: Reverse grid debate gets food for thought

John Floyd

Top guns charging past back markers from the back of the field does not make for exciting viewing.

McLaren's Lando Norris was within a few laps of his maiden win in Sochi. Picture: Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

Last Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix was intriguing and somewhat prophetic. A few top drivers opted to incur penalties for power unit or gearbox changes and started from the back of the grid. A damp qualifying resulted in pole for McLaren’s Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari second, Williams’ George Russell third and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton fourth. The battle was on from turn one and Hamilton slipped down the field as those at the back began fighting to reach the sharp end. As it all settled Norris led and held on until finally being beaten by the weather gods –...