After proposing shorter grand prix distances, Felipe Massa has now been quoted as suggesting another reform to improve formula one's appeal.

After proposing shorter grand prix distances, Felipe Massa has now been quoted as suggesting another reform to improve formula one's appeal.

The Ferrari driver told reporters at the Jerez test earlier this week that, separate to the traditional contests for the drivers' and constructors' titles, a "testing championship" could be inaugurated.

"We could do two, three or four (test) sessions during the season -- not together but separately -- and make a 'testing championship' and the winner could take a bonus for the (world) championship," the 27-year-old Brazilian said.

Despite the new total in-season testing ban, Massa said the idea would increase the value of unofficial testing, potentially attracting "more sponsors" and "more media".

"Maybe we could have a nice practice in the morning and a big qualifying(-style session) in the afternoon," Massa added.

He said his proposal could involve also reforming the format of the official grand prix weekend, such as extending Saturday's events while scrapping the often unexciting Friday sessions "altogether".

 

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