Ever get the feeling that not every grand prix on the Formula One calendar should be worth as much as every other? Aside from the bragging points that go with winning a race like, say, the Monaco Grand Prix, maybe the most prominent races should be worth more championship points, too? So says Bernie Ecclestone, according to the latest reports.

The notoriously outspoken F1 supremo is always hatching new ideas on how to make the series more interesting, and his latest borrows from the world of competitive tennis. The four most important tournaments on the tennis circuit – the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon – are not only more prominent in every way than any other, but they're also worth more points for the players who win them.

Since the current calendar of 20 races is the most F1 has ever seen and regarded as the most it could possibly accommodate, could awarding more points for a handful of iconic races be what the proverbial doctor ordered to mix things up? Maybe, but identifying which races would get the honor would be another matter. Out of 20 races, we'd pick Australia, Japan, Britain, Monaco, Canada and Brazil as the likely candidates. Is this a good idea? Have your own list in mind? Let's hear your thoughts in Comments.


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      Paul Hamilton
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'll be whichever ones pay Bernie the most. Duh.
      Pak
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord I can't wait for this rich idiot to depart.
      Esteban Rápido
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bernie Ecclestone should spend more time wasting his money and less time thinking of ways to ruin F1
      Anxious Logic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bernie Ecclestone: The Defender of Elitism in Formula 1. "Pay me enough money and I will make your race more important." Seriously, the man's an extortionist and needs to leave the sport entirely.
      K.C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bernie will ruin F1 yet. It's just a matter of time before his greed exceeds his....oh wait, he doesn't understand anything but greed.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @K.C.
        What do you mean will ruin F1? He ruined F1 years ago.
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably the 4 circuits he has in mind are at Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi etc....
      Morten Brønsby
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are more tennis tournaments than the players can attend, so they have to pick which ones to attend. F1 is different. All drivers are attending all races. So this idea does not make sense - it will not attract more drivers to certain races. If the number of points for winning one of the high-ranking races is higher than for other races, the chances are that the teams will take no chances at all, making the so-called iconic races more borring to follow. Where is the logic in that?
        TrippulG3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Morten Brønsby
        I think the rationale behind this might be that if they make certain races "Majors", then that opens up the possibility to hold more races throughout the season, thereby essentially forcing teams to strategically choose which events to attend. I'm definitely no fan of Bernie, but this isn't the worst idea I've heard him come up with...
      umbra alta
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that you left Monza off your list of Grand Slam race candidates says that you must be trolling... Right?
      New Shel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ecclestone is full of crap ideas. Howabout doing something to get the 2nd-place finisher to within 20 seconds of the winner?
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bernie cares about money. He's so far removed from any of the struggles of Bahrain...
      tbyron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a bad idea. I'd venture Spa belongs on that list, or the French/Spa combo if they do that alternating plan.
      SumDude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Racing in Bahrain = 0 points.
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