Bernie Ecclestone has made another radical suggestion ahead of the new F1 season by proposing the introduction of short-cuts at each circuit.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Ecclestone has suggested that short-cuts could be used at each circuit during the season with drivers able to use the advantage five times in a race.

Short-cuts are used in some forms of racing, such as Rallycross, but would be a controversial addition to F1 despite the need to improve overtaking opportunities.

"You wouldn't get stuck behind a slower car," he said. "I've tried to push the teams on this because I don't think the efforts to increase overtaking are working."

The 'paper also reports team principals as being surprised by Ecclestone's latest suggestion, which is seen more as an effort to garner headlines than to solve the overtaking issue.