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Lewis Hamilton calls for race weekend format changes to improve entertainment factor

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Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 needs to shake up its race weekend format in order to prove more entertainment, according to Sky Sports.

The FIA, governing body for world motorsport, said that 'several exciting and innovative changes to the qualifying and race weekend formats' have been discussed for 2016, with a Saturday sprint race believed to be under consideration.

When asked if a format change would improve things, Hamilton said: "As a Formula 1 fan, 1,000-per-cent.

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"It's been the same Thursday, Friday, Saturday pretty much and Sunday for the whole nine years that I've been here.

"Qualifying might have changed a little bit, but generally the format's been exactly the same.

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"I think it would be kind of neat if one weekend's going to be 'super weekend' and then the next weekend's going to be something different, it's going to be alternated grid positions, I don't know.

"But it would be neat if, each weekend, you knew you were not going to do the same thing. I think that would be pretty cool. But I don't think it's ever going to happen."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff confirmed there have been discussions on the issue, but arriving at a solution is proving hard.

He said: "There are discussions. I'm honestly not sure what the right way forward is: Do we want to have qualifying races, reverse grids and then whatever is discussed ends up in public and there is a big backlash of people saying 'these guys in the Strategy Group are insane'.

"It's probably worth exploring what we all think would be right to develop the sport and make it more attractive."

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