I think the exact opposite is true, less rules would ruin F1, it would become too focused on the machinery and be less about the drivers. However having said that I do think that sometimes the FIA should not be too quick to ban certain things,just let them play out, so that we can appreciate some clever engineering solutions.
I agree 100%. Regulations are necessary to ensure things don’t get out of hand and we end up with an even more unbalanced grid than we have already. I feel F1 needs ‘saving from itself’ sometimes and if it hadn’t been for the cost reductions and the major rules changes we’ve seen over the last few years, F1′s long-term future would have been under threat.
But I absolutely agree that the FIA are sometimes too quick to try and ban things. Over the last three seasons, the three main technical innovations we’ve seen have felt the full force of the ban-hammer; double-diffusers, F-duct and off-throttle blown diffusers. And now they are reversing their position on OTBDs because they realise so many cars are completely built around the concept. I suppose it is tricky for the FIA considering all of these innovations are more often than not bordering on illegal. But teams are always going to look for loopholes in the rules to gain an advantage. I just hope they find a way to allow technical innovation to remain a crucial aspect of success in Formula without it tarnishing the racing or resulting in an annual controversy.