Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 fans are beingn turned away by Mercedes' dominance in recent years.
Since the advent of the V6 turbo era in 2014, Mercedes have stolen a march on its rivals, winning back-to-back world titles and triumphing in majority of the races.
Speaking in an interview for his website, Vettel said Mercedes’ hegemony was one of the reasons for the declining interest in the sport.
"The dominance of Mercedes in the past two years took away a lot of excitement for the fans," he said.
The German, who himself won consecutive titles between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull, also criticised the sport for being too complicated for the common fan.
"The new rules focus too much on details ... I think primarily [F1] should be a sport and about which driver is the fastest. The car plays a key role today and in the past, but we should not lose that in the complicated regulations.”
“The spectators must be able to identify with the technical aspects of the car, currently it is far too complex. In addition, the sound is missing.”
The 28-year old has urged the rulemakers to stick to the tradition of Formula 1 as they finalise the rules for 2017 and beyond.
"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."
by Rachit Thukral