McLaren driver and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he hopes the 2017 rule changes – which at present remain up in the air – result in a return to more “extreme” Formula 1 cars.
An original plan to see much quicker cars next year was watered down after concerns were raised over tyre pressures. However the rule makers are still confident of reaching a compromise which would see average lap times reduced by around four seconds.
When asked if he was happy with the direction the sport was taking, Alonso replied: “Yes and no.
“It’s still the best sport in the world and the thing that we all love,” he told Channel 4. “But at the same time it’s true that F1 came from a very fast, sophisticated car to a slower car that we have right now.
“The cars are around 7-8 seconds [slower] than seven or eight years ago. As a driver that makes the adrenalin and excitement a little bit lower.”
The Spaniard is however excited about what could happen next year: “I have hopes for 2017 with the regulations that the cars should be much faster and hopefully we will come back to a more normal, extreme F1 car.”