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Ferrari want reverse-grid races after Hamilton's charge

Ferrari have previously called for reverse-grid races and feel that Lewis Hamilton's charge in Brazil showcased the potential.

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has revived calls for Formula 1 to consider reverse-grid races, following Lewis Hamilton's charge through the field at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton stormed from 20th to fifth in the Sprint race at Interlagos after his qualifying exclusion, and then climbed from 10th to victory in the Grand Prix itself, having taken an engine change penalty.

Binotto reckons the performance should end any doubts over F1 trying reverse-grid races in the future.

"I think it [does], honestly, because of what happened, [with] so many overtakings and so much fun," Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked if he feels that Hamilton's drive has strengthened the argument for reverse-grid races.

"I think we should really consider it, and that's obviously for the Sprint race format. Having seen what happens, I think it's even not debatable."

"The best Sprint yet"

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn was delighted with the way last weekend's events played out, hailing the Brazilian GP as the best Sprint event yet, after previous trials at the British GP and Italian GP.

He said: "It had plenty of action, with loads of battles - including Lewis carving his way through the field. It was a great Saturday afternoon of entertainment, an appetiser for the main course on Sunday.

"We had a fabulous Friday, too, with a dramatic qualifying session. It can never be underestimated how much of an impact the Sprint has on a Friday. With only one hour of practice, it creates some jeopardy heading into the rest of the weekend, as the teams are not as prepared as they can be.

"We think the foundations are very strong for the Sprint and will be presenting more details of our plans for six events in 2022 in the coming weeks in discussions with the FIA and the teams."

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