Nico Rosberg says F1 must find a “creative” solution to the calendar, advocating for double header weekends of two races.
Eight of this year’s Formula 1 grands prix have already either been cancelled or postponed with the season set to begin in Canada in mid-June.
That, though, is not certain with even July’s British GP saying it has yet to decide whether to press on with the grand prix.
However, should Silverstone slot into its July berth, or find a place on the calendar later in the year, the BRDC has stated that it is open to running more than one grand prix and could even use the track in reverse to spice things up.
For now that is all up in the air as no one has any idea when the season will begin.
Liberty Media has been handed full control of the calendar by the team bosses and is hoping to lay out a 15 to 18 race-season.
Rosberg reckons F1’s owners should look at “creative” ways to do that.
“14 sounds OK but if we go lower than that then they [the owners] need to think of something then,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Yes they can run the season for much longer, there were some ideas of going all the way to January, or doing some double headers or something, but they need to get creative because us as fans will want to see as much of a World Championship as possible.
“We were all so excited to see the season start.
“And of course, with us all in lockdown, it would have been such an amazing distraction to have had Formula 1 races on TV but unfortunately, obviously, that is not possible.
“But I’m still really looking forward to the season getting going at some point and I hope they manage to creatively figure something out.”
The 2016 World Champion would like to see the sport consider double headers, two races on one weekend.
He feels that could even lead to a “surprise” World Champion.
“Double headers would be just completely different,” he added.
“You make all those plans for the season and way it was intended to be run then suddenly having something like two races per weekend would change everything.
“The way you use engines… everything’s different, so it would be very, very complicated.
“It would need an unanimous agreement between all teams to make a change that big. It would definitely be possible as everyone will be open minded to show the fans a great season.
“it would be great to see an agreement on some unusual idea to make it a great show nevertheless.
“It would increase the chances of having a surprise champion as with fewer races then luck can play a bigger role.
“I thought Red Bull and Max Verstappen were going to be in the hunt this year and annoy Mercedes in a big way, so therefore if there was a shorter season then may be his chances of winning the title would be even bigger.”