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Lewis Hamilton calls for big changes in Formula 1 to improve entertainment

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It is fair to say that Formula One has been the pinnacle of motorsport for many decades now, with F1 giving us some of the greatest rivalries, not only in motorsport but in sport as a whole.

However, even if you are the biggest fan of F1, you will reluctantly accept that the excitement has been fading from the sport for some time now and you can pretty much predict who is going to be where after qualifying and - quite often - the race itself, with the sport losing fans all over the world due to the lack of excitement.

The top brass have been trying to make changes in a bid to make the spectacle more exciting to bring back those fans who are leaving, as well as draw a new generation of fans to F1.

So far, there have been a few tweaks with the qualifying system considered, as well as various other experiments which have not worked for the qualifying format but there are still some drastic changes that need to be made to the weekend as a whole, with the top drivers agreeing that F1 is becoming stale for the fans.

World champion Lewis Hamilton, who is on the brink of winning his fifth drivers' world championship, has admitted that he would like to see something different to stop fans from getting so bored.

The Brit has proposed a completely different format to be used on certain tracks where overtaking considered difficult to shake things up a bit.

Hamilton said: "I think one of the biggest changes that needs to be made is that at the moment it is the same four days, every weekend, for 21 weekends every single year pretty much," per Motorsport.

"I think it needs to be dynamic. It needs to be different for certain circuits so you have a 'super weekend'. There are some tracks where the race is so boring.

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"I remember growing up watching [F1] and falling asleep after the start. I am sure there are people who fall asleep after the start and wake up when they set their alarms for the end.

"I used to do it when I was younger, and there were some tracks that kept you on the edge of your seat, like I imagine Baku this year."

One idea that a lot of fans like the sound of revolves around awarding drivers points for qualifying and then starting the race with a reverse grid, in order to make things a lot more interesting. It could definitely work and would really spice things up.

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"I think it is more exciting this year, being in these cars is the best it has ever been," Hamilton continued. "But I am sure there are still dull races.

"So picking those ones out and saying, how can we make it different for that race? Whether it is reverse grid or whatever we end up doing, they should look into doing that."

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