A series of 'exciting and innovative' changes are being proposed to both the qualifying and race weekend format, with an additional 'sprint' race believed to be one of the considerations.

Part of a number of changes imposed and proposed by the latest meeting of the Strategy Group in Biggin Hill this week, amongst the new ideas being discussed include ways to shake up the format over a race weekend.

Though no firm details have been given as to what these changes - which the FIA and FOM are considering for an introduction as early as 2016 - will be, suggestions could range from shorter races, to giving free practice more relevance to qualifying (as in MotoGP) to even possibly the introduction of a sprint race as part of a more radical two-race weekend format.

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In a recent interview with selected journalists, including Crash.net, FIA President Jean Todt did allude to the suggestion the race weekend could be in line for an overhaul.

"The format of the race weekend could be improved. Whether we should have the race 10 laps shorter or longer, it's something you can debate. Should we do a sprint race on Saturday, why not?

"Now people say they stay in the garage on Friday, but it has always been like that because people say the track is getting less green, it will always be like that."