Development restrictions make Formula 1 boring - Fernando Alonso

Double world champion Fernando Alonso believes the rules that restrict aerodynamic and engine development in Formula 1 make races "predictable" and "boring" for fans

Development restrictions make Formula 1 boring - Fernando Alonso

The McLaren-Honda driver, who earlier this year likened the job of current F1 drivers to that of an aeroplane pilot, was responding to a question about what he would like to see change in F1 to make it better.

The Spaniard reiterated his desire for F1 cars to become faster and also suggested regulations that limit engine development and testing (both on track and in windtunnels) make it difficult for the established competitive order to be altered.

"[I'd like] faster cars, because now we are a little bit too close to GP2 times; probably more testing or little bit freer rules in terms of developing the car, because right now as you put the car into the first winter test more or less you keep that position until the end of the year," Alonso said.

"You make progress [but] everyone makes progress, and that's it.

"The rules are very tight so you cannot develop much in terms of engine or aerodynamics - everything is restricted.

"What you have in the first test is more or less what you will have for the whole season.

"It's making the races very predictable and very boring for the people at home."

FIA MEETING IN MEXICO

The future shape of Formula 1 will become clearer on Friday when the World Motor Sport Council meets in Mexico City to discuss and potentially ratify proposals put forward by the Strategy Group.

Progress is expected regarding increased restrictions on driver aids and coaching, an overhaul of the engine penalties and a regulation which would allow an extra power unit for new manufacturers.

But further detail over the plans for a wider-ranging revamp in 2017 is unlikely, with the FIA and FOM continuing to analyse proposals for how to increase speeds, plus a potentially radical overhaul of the grand prix weekend format.

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