Briatore wants GP format revolution

Wed, 25 April 2007, 11:48

F1 needs to revolutionise its format in order to spice up the spectacle, according to Flavio Briatore.

In an interview with the specialist magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the boss of the Renault team said the sport should reinvent itself by splitting the results of a grand prix over two shorter races.

“We need two races; a 45-minute sprint in the morning and a race for one hour in the afternoon,” the Italian said.

Briatore’s revolutionary plan would involve banning refuelling and using the results of the morning ‘sprint’ as qualifying for the main feature — with the top eight finishers made to start in reverse order.

Points would apply for both races, Briatore said.

The flamboyant 57-year-old also slammed F1’s governing body for being more interested in championing environmentally-friendly cars for the future than on doing things to improve the spectacle.

“It’s going to cost us millions of dollars in development but contribute nothing to the show,” Briatore charged.

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