Todt wants more night races

FIA president Jean Todt believes F1 should introduce more night races while he has also urged Bernie Ecclestone not to air his dirty laundry in public.

Formula 1 continues to make all the wrong headlines with many believing the sport is no longer exciting due to Mercedes' dominance and the 1.6-litre V6 power units, among other things.

Various role players have had different opinions about how to improve the show with some calling for a return to the V8 engines while others want drivers to be physically challenged when they are racing.

Todt has now added night races to the list of ways to spice things up.

"Maybe we should decide that rather than the race at 1pm or 2pm in Europe during the summer, if you ask my opinion, I would prefer to have it at 6pm in the evening. That way people can then go to the beach, arrive home and see it," he is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

Meanwhile, Ecclestone was rapped over the knuckles by Todt after the Formula 1 commercial rights holder was quoted as saying the V6 engines are "a shitty product".

"If he has some complaints, which may be right, it’s something we should address internally and not make it public. All the credit and money he has got, he deserves it, but I would hope he will be more positive about the product [in the future]," the Frenchman said.

He added:"I know Bernie very well. I know he may tell you I am his best friend then five minutes later to somebody else I am the worst idiot he has met in his life. I live with that.

"The only thing is, I will not get into that. It just creates some unnecessary gossip. I don’t have any problems with him getting more involved, as he has to if it is bringing something on board.

"If it is not constructive, you should not do it. But it is his style. Do I intend to change him? I don’t intend to change him."