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Formula One planning a change to the starting grid for next season

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Lewis Hamilton took another step towards to a fourth world title after winning the United States Grand Prix last weekend.

The Mercedes driver is 66 points clear of Vettel, who finished second, with 75 points available in the remaining three races.

The champagne is on ice.

While Hamilton overcame Vettel in the end in Austin, he was overtaken by the Ferrari driver at the start of the race.

Hamilton didn’t panic, though, and pursued Vettel for the next five laps before overtaking him on turn 12 on lap six to re-take the lead - a lead he managed to hold onto.

While the rest of the race was nigh-on faultless, Hamilton wouldn’t have been too happy with his start.

And the Brit may have something else to think about when it comes to starting races very soon.

That’s because, according to Bild, Formula One are planning a drastic change to the starting grid.

Liberty Media have proposed that cars should start in an alternating three-two-three-two formation - rather than the two-by-two pattern.

The new grid is planned to create a bigger funnel of activity as the pack enters the first turn.

Marca claim that Formula One Group - which Liberty Media recently brought from Bernie Ecclestone, are ready to implement these changes.

Here is what the Austin Grand Prix starting grid would have looked like under the new formation:


However, there is opposition from the teams.

They believe there is a greater risk of crashes and injuries with the proposed format. And with some narrow tracks such as Monaco, the new plan will be extremely difficult to implement.

Whether or not the plans will be seen next season remains to be seen but it's certainly an interesting idea.

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