Formula 1 has mumbled the concept of reversing the grid in an effort to “spice up the show” and we even reversed our race review podcast grid to see if it worked. According to the feedback emails I’ve received, it did work as people seemed to like that approach.
Would reversing the grid be fun? I personally wouldn’t like it but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work. In fact, there’s been some interesting wins from the back of the grid over the years.
John Watson leads the pack with his win from 22nd place when he took his McLaren to the front of the 1983 USGP at Long Beach. In fact, he was leading by lap 45 of 75 total. John, foreshadowing what was to come, impressed by winning from 17th in 1982 taking his McLaren from the back to the front of the USGP in Detroit.
More recently, Rubens Barrichello won from 18th place in 2000 when he secured his first win ever and did it at Hockenheim in his Ferrari. Even more recently, Kimi Raikkonen took his McLaren from 17th at Suzuka to win in 2005.
Close on their tails was the 1973 race at Kyalami when Sir Jackie Stewart won from 16th and Michael Schumacher did the same thing in 1995 at Spa Francorchamps.
Alan Jones and Johnny Herbert won from 14th place in 1977 and 1999 respectively while Bruce McLaren and Alain Prost win from 13th in 1960 and 1990 respectively. Prost did so in Mexico and Bruce in Buenos Aires.
That’s some interesting wins and serious marching through the field. Maybe reversing the grid wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all?