Former FIA president Max Mosley has questioned the logic behind changes to Formula One's technical regulations for 2017.
This year's crop of F1 cars are expected to five seconds per lap faster than they were in 2015, largely thanks to a rewriting of the sport's rules to allow wider wings, a longer diffuser and wider tyres. The aim is to make the cars more physical to drive and more spectacular to watch, but there are also concerns they could have a negative impact on the racing.
During his presidency at the FIA, Mosley oversaw a series of rule changes that slowed the cars down in the interest of safety as well as a push to improve wheel-to-wheel racing in 2009. The latest regulation changes are the first that have been solely designed to make the cars faster since 1966 -- when engine capacity was increased from 1.5-litres to 3.0-litres -- and Mosley is not convinced they will benefit the sport.
"My personal view is that it may have gone in the wrong direction," he told ITV. "I would have gone for less aero and perhaps more mechanical grip.
"Deliberately setting out to make the cars quicker is questionable because all the rules for the last 40 or 50 years brought in by the FIA have been to make the cars slower -- either slower or safer, because speed equals danger obviously."
Following Liberty Media's recent purchase of the sport, Ross Brawn has been appointed as F1's managing director of motorsport and will be tasked with helping to shape future regulations. Mosley thinks Brawn is a good choice but is not convinced the commercial rights holder should be involved in the framing of regulations.
"Ross completely understands the sport and he understands what needs to be done and he's got an absolutely first class analytical brain," said Mosley. "I think he'll be an enormous asset to them and that side [the sporting aspect] isn't really what Liberty should be doing. Ross is outstanding so they made a good choice there."