Formula 1 teams were never going to vote through the proposal for a trio of reversed-grid qualifying races in 2020. That would require a depth of imagination and an appetite for change far beyond them given the need for unanimity.
Regardless of your position on the divisive topic of any kind of reversed-grid race - and the opposition is understandably significant - the proposal wasn't scotched through respect for tradition or any objection to it as a gimmick.
Instead, it was pragmatism pure and simple. Particularly for a frontrunning team like Mercedes, the key is to keep things as stable - and predictable - as possible.