Sports Letter: F1 driving back to front

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The Independent Online
Sir: In reply to the point raised (28 October) about standardising the F1 cars to the same spec. In principle this is a good plan, stopping drivers blaming their cars' performance instead of their own (poor workman blaming tools and all that.) However, this would inhibit the drive to explore technological advances, which in turn can be passed down to the retail market. A fairer system would be to start the cars in reverse order to the previous season's finishing points, thus forcing the superior drivers to start at the back of the grid.

James Wingrave

Bromley, Kent