Jacques Villeneuve has urged to become “extreme, unattainable, stupid, crazy” as he reckons that is what the sport is all about.
Over the past decade Formula 1 has made sweeping changes in an attempt to become greener and improve overtaking while still trying to keep the costs down.
And not everyone is happy about it.
The biggest change in recent years was the switch to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines, technology that Villeneuve reckons goes against the nature of the sport.
“F1 tries to be everything, and that’s wrong,” the 1997 World Champion said in an interview with CNN.
“It tries to be an endurance car, it’s some form of hybrid… and hybrid technology weighs around 100 kilos and that’s four seconds a lap of weight.
“It’s not F1, it’s not extreme, it doesn’t make sense.”
As for what F1 should be, the Canadian explained: “F1 has to be out there, extreme, unattainable, stupid, crazy – that’s what it’s always been. It’s a laboratory where the sky’s the limit.
“There are a lot of things that are making F1 a lot less appealing to the public. A bunch of things like (overtaking aid) DRS. We don’t have those things in Formula E.”
Villeneuve added that Formula 1 needs to “go back to its roots.”