Fastest man up front – a qualified success?

Fastest man up front – a qualified success?

Eighty years ago this week, a grand prix grid was based on practice times for the first time. Edd Straw wonders if it's still the best way, even though it's enshrined in F1 tradition

These days, it's commonplace to criticise measures such as the DRS and high-degradation rubber as contrivances designed to improve the show but that fly in the face of 'traditional' grand prix racing.

One of those traditions is starting the race with cars lined up in qualifying order. But it was not always that way. This week marks the 80th anniversary of the first top-line grand prix to be started with the grid dictated by laptimes set in practice rather than by lottery: the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix.

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