F1 to consider reversing the grid to promote better races

Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives the new Mercedes F1 car during a testing session at the the Catalunya racetrack, in Montmelo, just outside of Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Siu Wu)
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One could force its fastest cars to start from the middle of the grid to improve racing.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the reverse-grid proposal is expected to be made by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in a meeting between series stakeholders in Geneva on Tuesday. The top qualifiers would be dropped down the grid to keep them from pulling away early in the race.

It would be one of the regulation changes discussed on Tuesday to make F1 more attractive to fans and television audiences. The changes could be in effect as early as 2017 if an agreement is reached.

Horner says on Monday ''there's an opportunity to come up with a great set of regulations'' and ''do something really good for the future.''