Many feel Formula 1, with its complicated rules package and ultra-advanced racecars, is too sterile and has lost sight of its roots. This has some close to the sport worried about its future, including Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
Speaking to his official website, Vettel said that Formula 1 should adjust its rules to make it more about the sport and less about the car. Additionally, he also said that today’s cars are too complex and lack the exciting exhaust sound of the V8s or V10s of yore.
“In short, I think the sport should be in the spotlight and it should be about which driver is the fastest,” Vettel said.
“Today the car plays an important role, like it did in the past. But we shouldn’t get lost in over complicated rules.
“Our audience has to be able to identify with our cars again. At the moment F1 is just too complex and we’re lacking sound.”
Vettel also recognized that the dominance of Mercedes-Benz has also contributed to a lack of excitement in Formula 1 over the past two years. Similarly, Vettel drove for Red Bull Racing during an almost an dominant era, however the championships were much more down-to-the-wire than they were for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and 2015.
“The dominance of Mercedes in the past two years took away a lot of excitement for the fans,” he said. “Plus the new rules focus too much on details.
“I think we have to be careful not to lose the roots of motor racing and I certainly hope the cars of the future will be more within their grasp.”
Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari will take to the track for the first time in 2016 this March for the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.