Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

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Formula One Chief Bernie Ecclestone wants the current format races to be split up into two shorter races. He said that because he thinks fans are no longer interested in the current format.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

Recently, Liberty Media acquired Formula one and they said there should be some potential changes to expand interest and increase profits. However, Ecclestone has his own idea on how to make F1 better.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

Ecclestone said in an interview with The Sunday Times that F1 should shake-up its weekend dramatically and turn races into 40-minute length sprints.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

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

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

"The television audiences went up for Brazil. We had a long race with the heavy rain and a couple of crashes, but that meant we had two starts because of the red flags and people tuned in.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

"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.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

"Cars would qualify on a Saturday as usual for the first race and that would set the grid for the second. It would shake things up with lighter, faster cars.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

"But I don't know if we have the courage to change. Times change though and it is something we must look at.

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

"All American sports have timeouts built in, mainly because American audiences can't concentrate. They grow up with everything in 15-minute segments on TV. People are the same everywhere now."

Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Double-Header Formula One Races

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Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2016, 17:45 [IST]
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