FIA race director giggled over reverse track idea

Jamie Woodhouse

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FIA race director Michael Masi said that the idea from some fans to trial races on the opposite track layout made him “giggle”.

The idea was proposed as a way of making the 2020 double-header events at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone more entertaining.

It has since been confirmed that the idea of reverse-grid sprint races to determine a grid for the main race are back on the table, but the idea from fans of racing the wrong way around a track made Masi “giggle”.

“I did have to have a giggle when I saw some comments about some circuits running backwards!,” he said on Sky Sports F1’s latest vodcast.

“All of the circuits, and the safety infrastructure is designed – be it the walls, flag posts – around the cars running in a certain direction.

“Even when it comes to the openings when a car breaks down, if you’re running the opposite direction you’re effectively running into a blunt wall.

“While it would be nice to have circuits that run both ways in some areas, it’s a much more challenging task and would involve literally changing walls of places.

“The amount of work would be astronomical to make it happen, let’s put it that way.”

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