Spotlight should be about ‘which driver is the fastest’ – Vettel

The complex rules that Formula 1 is introducing is putting at risk the fan base that makes the sport as popular as it is, according to quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel.

Scuderia Ferrari’s Vettel believes the dominance of the Mercedes team over the past two seasons and the overemphasis on minute details are removing the excitement from Formula 1, and the spotlight should be brought back to which driver is the fastest.

“In short, I think the sport should be in the spotlight and it should be about which driver is the fastest,” said Vettel on his official website. “Today the car plays an important role, like it did in the past. But we shouldn’t get lost in over complicated rules.

“Our audience has to be able to identify with our cars again. At the moment F1 is just too complex and we’re lacking sound.

“The dominance of Mercedes in the past two years took away a lot of excitement for the fans. Plus the new rules focus too much on details.

“I think we have to be careful not to lose the roots of motor racing and I certainly hope the cars of the future will be more within their grasp.”