Seidl no fan of introducing 'artificial randomness' into F1

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Seidl no fan of introducing 'artificial randomness' into F1

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl believes Formula 1 doesn't need invitational races or reverse grids to spice up a show hegemonically dominated by Mercedes.

Last month's Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello was given a thumbs up by competitors and fans alike who underscored the merits of F1 racing at a new venue.

The event sparked an intrigue over the idea of adding "invitational races" to the sport's agenda, venues where teams race less prepared than usual. But Formula 1 is also considering trialing reverse grids at selected events next season as a way of shaking up the running order.

However, Seidl dismisses both ideas, insisting F1's current main issue lies with its dominant team, not the format of its races.

"Honestly, I don't see that we need it, because I also don't see that we need things like reverse grids," said the McLaren man.

"I think we have seen great races, even last year at the front when three teams with similar resources were fighting for the wins.

"We have seen great battles in the midfield, and I think we see great battles this year in the midfield.

"But with one team with, let's say, the big resources having made simply a sensational job compared to the other two, unfortunately that ended up this year in the dominance of Mercedes. That's the issue.

"I think in the end Mercedes worked hard to get there over the years, so they deserve also to be that dominant and to have the wins."

Seidl is confident that F1's regulation overhaul will result in tighter grids from 2022 and repeal the need for "artifical randomness" to improve the spectacle on the track.

"With everything that is planned from 2022 onwards. I'm very optimistic," said the German.

"I’m hopeful that actually we create over the years a field that is a lot closer together, and a more level playing field.

"And also the new technical regulations should help. The racing on track and cars racing close to each other should help a lot to improve the show.

"That's the reason why I'm not a fan of introducing any artificial randomness into Formula 1 because that's for me not F1."

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Steiner: Magnussen the 'best starter' on F1 grid

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner singled out Kevin Magnussen as "the best starter" on Formula 1's grid, praising... The post Steiner: Magnussen the 'best starter' on F1 grid appeared first on F1i.com.

Steiner: Magnussen the 'best starter' on F1 grid

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner singled out Kevin Magnussen as "the best starter" on Formula 1's grid, praising the Dane for a series of his strong opening laps in 2020.

Good results have been few and far between for Haas this season, but it has not been for a lack of blistering starts by the US outfit's drivers.

At the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, both Magnussen and teammate Romain Grosjean - who started respectively 18th and 16th - overtook an impressive number of cars to clock in P9 and P10 at the end of lap 1.

However, Steiner stressed that remarkable race starts, however consistent they may be for a driver, are impossible to factor into a team's race strategy.

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"I wouldn’t say you can put it in your strategy," explained Steiner. "I think Kevin has shown that he’s one of the best starters, if not the best one on the grid.

"It’s been pretty amazing what he’s done this year with his starts. You always hope for it but starts are such an unknown that you cannot really strategically use them.

"We always hope for the best, but it doesn’t go into our strategy planning."

Formula 1 returns to the Nürburgring this week for the first time since 2013, and Haas is the only outfit on the grid that has never raced at the Eifel track.

But the event's tardy October scheduling implies that some cold and wet weather could throw a spanner into the works for teams and drivers.

Steiner therefore sees the potential for a few surprises to be sprung in Germany, hopefully with points coming Haas' way.

"Hopefully we can get a Mugello-style race," Steiner said. "That was an interesting one for all the teams, all the spectators, basically it was great for everyone involved in it.

"The unknowns just kept coming towards us. Hopefully the same thing happens this weekend at the Nurburgring.

"Rain is the prediction for Germany, that will make things even more interesting.

"The best outcome will be if we have a good race, with lots of variables, and from our perspective, to come home with some points – something we haven’t achieved a lot of this year."

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