Rulemaking in Formula 1 is best compared with tightrope walking across Niagara Falls. In 2012 high-wire artist Nik Wallenda drew a crowd of 125,000 that thrilled at his 600-yard crossing of the waterfall situated on the USA-Canadian border, with a billion television viewers cumulatively tuning in to watch the first successful crossing of the Falls.
Gaining permission entailed a two-year lobbying battle with officials on both sides of the Niagara River, with a one-time exemption to New York State's anti-stunting law - introduced after a host of daredevils died at the same spot - being granted on condition that Wallenda wore an approved safety belt. He described his legal battle as more daunting than the crossing itself, but it was a case of no belt, no go.
So the 32-year-old wore the mandatory cable clip for the first successful crossing directly over the Falls, but still a crowd most race circuits can only dream of waited with bated breath for a misstep as swirling clouds of spray and high winds buffeted his every move. During his half-hour walk he even defied the conventions of tightrope walking by staring down at the torrential waters as though daring them to swallow him.