The F1 hybrid engine era started in 2014 and will end in 2021 as the new regulations take over in 2022. The new regulations could make the grid more competitive as Martin Brundle points out three changes he would like to see in Formula 1.
Martin Brundle, the Motor Sport Hall of Famer, spoke about his career and new F1 era in a podcast, ‘Motor Sport Magazine’. He is a Le Mans winner, World Sportscar Champion, and a former F1 driver, and is now a trusted voice as the Sky F1 commentator.
During the podcast, Martin Brundle set out to explain certain changes that he would like to see in Formula 1. “The cars have to become lighter. What I am hoping 2022 will be is slash the downforce, slash the weight, make the cars more nimble and more simple to understand.”
“We need to contribute where the world needs to go to in Formula 1, we can do that. But don’t laden the F1 car with everything,” he further added.
Martin Brundle is all for an F1 reverse qualifying grid
A reverse grid qualifying race is a thirty minutes qualifying race that would replace the existing qualifying format based on the current championship standing. The result of the qualifying race will decide the starting order of the race.
Martin Brundle said, “Three-four tracks of reverse championship position grid qualifying race because I think the same people will still end up winning the world championship, will extend it a bit and will give us a must-watch race.”
“Get a few more of the classic tracks in and get a tire which is a bit more raceable,” concluded the F1 commentator.
When it comes to a reverse qualifying grid, F1 drivers have not been very keen on the idea. Sebastian Vettel called the idea “bulls**t”, and Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton believes the proposal hints at deeper flaws in the 2021 rules. The idea is not finalized and if anything, it would make the difference in the cars more apparent.