Fernando Alonso believes the era of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, considered by many to be Formula One's golden years, was "very boring" by today's standards.
F1 has come under fire since the start of the V6 turbo era in 2014, with Alonso one of the prominent drivers critical of modern cars, which often require heavy fuel saving and tyre management in races. The state of the current formula -- which has been dominated by Mercedes -- has led to many comparisons to previous years, including the late 80s and early 90s when Senna and Prost's feud was at its peak.
However, Alonso, who is hoping to replicate those glory days with current team McLaren-Honda, feels people remember that era too favourably.
Speaking about the Senna-Prost years, Alonso said: "Formula One at that time, it was very boring. If you see a race now from '85, '88 or '92, you will sleep through the race because it was two McLarens, the fourth guy was lapped and there was 25 seconds between each car.
"There were 10 cars DNF because the reliability was so-so. Television figures, spectators are going down [now], like it was in these boring years in the 80s where Senna, Prost and these people were saving fuel, saving tyres and things like that, so it's exactly the same boring as it was at that time."
Alonso has predicted 2017's rule changes, set to introduce faster, more aggressive-looking cars, should bring back the "wow" factor of the 2000s, the decade in which he won his two world championships. The Spaniard thinks that decade, and not the years of Senna-Prost or any other era, was when F1 was at its peak.
"I think Formula 1 grew up a lot [in the 2000s]. A lot of manufacturers came into Formula One in the 2000s -- BMW, Toyota, and there were many people coming. Television figures and the spectators were at the maximum.
"We opened Formula One to new countries - we raced in Korea, we raced in India, we raced in Singapore, two races in Spain -- and that was the maximum. And we didn't understand that situation, probably. The costs were very high, technology was very high, some manufacturers pulled out."