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The FIA President has admitted that some of Formula 1's rules went 'a bit too far'

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Lewis Hamilton’s second win of the season saw him extend his lead over fierce rival Sebastian Vettel at the top of the Formula 1 drivers standings this last weekend.

Despite a flying start, Vettel and his Ferrari team have failed to capitalise on several strong positions, with Hamilton proving to be the main beneficiary.

Ferrari looked to have finally got their car right to challenge the monopoly that Mercedes have held over Formula 1 for years, but it seems that it was a bit of a false dawn, for now at least.

There is still a lot of racing ahead.

FIA President announces further rule changes

The powers that be at Formula 1 are always tinkering with the rules in a bid to make the sport more competitive and the last few years have been no different.

However, the changes that they eventually decide upon are not often welcomed with open arms, emphasized by Toto Wolff’s description of counterpart Christian Horner’s reaction to changes set to come into play in 2019.

“I haven’t seen [Horner] that livid,” said Wolff after the FIA announced that simplified front wings, front brake ducts, and wider rear wings are to be introduced to improve the number of overtaking opportunities, but at the same time slowing the cars down significantly.

It is almost hard to keep up at times as the FIA ring off change after change to the already complicated rules.

Now, more changes are expected after FIA President Jan Todt admitted that the current F1 engine regulations went “a bit too far” and that they were working on changes to be implemented in the 2021 season.

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“We wanted to take as much as we learned from the existing regulations and to try to make things more simple,” said Todt of the 2021 plan.

"It's a beautiful piece of art, of technology, but I hear well that it's maybe not what the fans are expecting.

“For me motorsport, and I have been saying that every time, is on one side a show, but it is not enough.

“It has to be also a laboratory. A laboratory for the manufacturers, a laboratory for the teams, and a laboratory which can then be profitable on road cars as much as we can. And it is what is happening.

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“Saying that, if you think that it has been maybe a bit too far, you must be prepared to go a bit backwards.

"At the end of the day, I'm sure that over the years the engine will be even more efficient without MGU-H."

More changes then, but apparently ones that will simplify the sport. Apparently.

The F1 roadshow will now move onto its most famous circuit in Monaco where, in amongst the affluence of yachts and caviar, Hamilton will be hoping to extend his championship lead.

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