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Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone reveals plans to change the sport

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Formula One chief-executive Bernie Ecclestone has revealed some big potential changes he would like to see in the sport.

Ecclestone believes that a shorter format rather than the current weekend schedule of racing would attract a wider audience, and has suggested that instead of one consecutive race, there should be two individual 40-minute races.

He believes it would be more entertaining for fans of the sport, and also help attract a larger demographic.


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Cricket and rugby have already introduced shorter format versions of their sport, with Twenty20 and rugby sevens becoming more and more popular over the last couple of years, and Ecclestone believes that a more compact format could help to attract new viewers to the sport.

He said: "People have a much shorter attention span and a lot of sports are looking at introducing shorter forms of their games."

Ecclestone has suggested that the space in between the two 40-minute races could be used to interview the drivers and help to bring in more fans to the sport and attract more advertisers.

"We need to look at the traditional concept of one long race. Two 40-minute races with a 40-minute break in the middle when the drivers could be interviewed, cars worked on, would be attractive to viewers, the TV companies, the sponsors and advertisers would love it."

Ecclestone would like to see the current qualifying format kept if these plans did go through and admitted that he didn't know if the sport had the "courage to change" but that it was "something we must look at".

The current qualifying format sees the quickest qualifier starting the race in pole position and the winner of the first race starting on pole in the second.

The Formula One season comes to an end this Sunday in Abu Dhabi with this years title still up for grabs.  

Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will go head-to-head for the championship, with Rosberg leading Hamilton by 12 points going into the final race.

This means the German will be crowned champion if he can land himself a podium finish, irrespective of what the Brit does.

Would YOU like a shorter version of Formula One? Have YOUR say below!

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