Mark Webber believes rapidly degrading tyres and overtaking aids like DRS detract from the appeal of Formula One rather than add to it.
Mark Webber : "If you look at sports like football or tennis at an elite level, there hasn't been a huge amount of change, If you make the goals bigger in football is Messi happier? Probably not, because he has the ability. Unfortunately, people now expect to see 20 passing moves per grand prix, it's sort of standard now. I think we could do with racing with less overtaking and better quality across the board. It's absolutely not the drivers' problem, it's just that's what they're having to deal with. I'm talking on behalf of the drivers at the front of the grid because they can't say what they really feel. But I'm talking to them now. I'd love someone to do a stat on race pace with the 2015 race compared to the mid-2000s - probably Montoya would have lapped Seb in Malaysia three and a half times! But people aren't looking at this. In the past, the limitation over the back part of the track in Malaysia used to be balls and how fit you were. Now its 'save your tyres. There are certain things going on and we seem to have to tell everyone what we are doing with the technical and sporting regs and what's happening. Why not just get on with things? There is no need to wash your laundry in public. The end result is what it is. You don't need to try and explain everything. Most people I talk to are intimidated by what DRS is, what the softs and supersofts are, they feel they can't just turn on the TV and understand what they are watching."