Singapore - Lewis Hamilton led criticism, over the weekend, of plans to rip up the traditional qualifying format for a new reverse-grid race.
The overhaul is being considered by the sport’s owner Liberty for next season.
They are proposing replacing tried-and-tested qualifying with a sprint race on the Saturday, which would start with the drivers’ championship standings reversed: the leader would line up last on the grid and the 20th-ranked driver first.
The order for the grand prix would then be determined by the result of that mini-race. The idea, dreamed up by Liberty’s technical director Ross Brawn, is being discussed with the teams and could be introduced on a trial basis for 2020.
But several of the leading drivers were outraged by the thought.