Hamil­ton: F1 not scared of grand prix for­mat change

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Lewis Hamil­ton has called on F1 chiefs to keep think­ing of ways to freshen up the for­mat of grand prix week­ends, and would not ob­ject to try­ing out new for­mats this sea­son.

F1 rule­mak­ers have faced in­tense crit­i­cism this year af­ter at­tempts to shake-up the qual­i­fy­ing for­mat, with the re­sult­ing knock­out for­mat be­ing widely slammed be­fore it was shelved.

Re­gard­less of the dif­fi­cul­ties, Hamil­ton in­sists that F1 should not be scared to try new things, and has backed calls for change in the tra­di­tional race for­mat.

Hamil­ton said: “I def­i­nitely think we should use this year as an op­por­tu­nity to come up with some ideas and test some things. If the fans saw we tried an­other new for­mat and it didn’t work, sure they might not like it, but at least they would know we’re try­ing.

“For the last 10 years it’s [race week­ends] been the same, but if the for­mat was dif­fer­ent each week­end it would be ex­cit­ing. It doesn’t have to be every week­end, but if you had a su­per race week­end or three heats, I don’t know, but some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

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