Q: Do you find that frustrating or more of a challenge?
AN: Regulation restrictions like the lost exhaust are a bit frustrating in truth, because they are exactly that, they are restrictions, they’re not giving new opportunities or revenues particularly, they’re just closing a door. Regulation changes I enjoy, regulation restrictions I rather lament.
A key point he makes is: they’re not giving new opportunities or revenues particularly, they’re just closing a door.
My greatest hate of recent F1 is the changing of rules to increase the show as the sole reason. It's quite clear F1 is hurting financially and Newey is clearly saying "well, if we can't develop new things, we can't make money from them" - and that's a very good point indeed. F1 innovation (and implementation) has lead to many revenue making streams for the teams.
There's no 'magic bullet' to fix it, but F1 has always been about finding small improvements in lots of areas - for a whole gain. Yet they cannot put that thinking to the books?!
It's crazy for everyone to complain about the expenses, while constantly put in regulations that restrict teams abilities to make money.