As the media landscape changes rapidly, and people gain increasing freedom over what they watch and when, Formula 1 faces enormous challenges in adapting to expand its audience.
Whenever F1 makes substantial alterations to its regulations there is usually some reference made to improving 'the show' as justification. This is natural. Grand prix racing has long ceased to be the amateur pursuit of like-minded enthusiasts. Modern F1 is a multi-billion-dollar sports entertainment business, and as such it depends on a big following.
But audiences are diversifying rapidly, and F1 faces increasing competition as other sports grow and the modern media landscape allows them to build bigger followings of their own.