• Apr 3, 2011
More than anything else, Bernie Ecclestone is a businessman. And as a businessman, he's interested in increasing the spectacle in Formula One racing. To that end, reports suggest that the F1 chief is talking with Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller – the creative forces behind American Idol, among countless other reality TV shows – about how to make F1 more attractive to a broader audience.

One proposal the Simons have reportedly put forward would be a thorough reformatting of the grand prix weekend. Instead of practice, qualifying and racing over a three-day weekend, Cowell (pictured above in the Red Bull Racing garage) and Fuller have reportedly suggested cutting the schedule down to two days with two races: the actual grand prix on Sunday, preceded by a preview race on Saturday contested between the teams' test drivers. The Saturday race would count only towards the constructors' championship.

This isn't the first time that Fuller, for his part, has been connected with F1. Just recently we reported on Lewis Hamilton signing with Fuller's talent agency. Fuller was also the brains behind the lamentable MyEarthDream initiative fielded by the Honda F1 team before it pulled out of the sport.

[Source: Pitpass | Image: Andrew Hone/Getty]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Step 1. Allow donuts.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I really thought the first sentence would go: More than anything else, Bernie Ecclestone is a old man, and angry angry old man.
      • 3 Years Ago
      F1 used to be about man taming brutal machines... now its just a fkng sisy show...

      F1 used to be about the top class power formula cars .... : (
      • 3 Years Ago
      These two asshats ruined the talent show genre, only a moron would let them anywhere near F1.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what a troll face.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What was so lamentable about the MyEarthDream initiative?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did you not check the date on the original article? FOOL!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The low brow reality show garbage may work with the NASCAR crowd, but it won't work for F1. Bernie: fall down the stairs, please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No please don't say this is happening.

      Bernie needs to retire before he ruins the sport.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a horrible idea, But knowing Bernie he'll probably do it. I'm just waiting for him to add the sprinklers, shortcuts, fire, snow, dragons.
        • 3 Years Ago
        snow could be interesting...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasnt that a april fools joke from pitpass?
      • 3 Years Ago
      for starters how about increasing the size in teams and limiting the teams cars to 1...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really Bernie really??
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