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Wolff explains why Mercedes blocked reverse grids

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas leads the field away in Japan in 2019 Toto Wolff has explained why Mercedes chose to block a proposal to introduce reverse grid qualifying races for this Formula 1 season. The repetition of the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone during the first eight rounds on the revised F1 calendar led to a call for a change of format for the second events at those circuits. The Mercedes-AMG Formula One Team was known to be in opposition to the idea, which Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner claimed was because the additional variable represented a threat to Lewis Hamilton’s title prospects. Horner’s counterpart at Brackley, however, cited a distaste for gimmickry...
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