“Most sports when they’ve talked about changes, the hardcore fans resist change,” he said.
“Major League Baseball wanted a designated hitter and everybody didn’t like it. The NBA put in a three-point line and the hardcores didn’t like it.
“They added teams to play-offs, so you used to have two league champions playing in the World Series, now this year they have 16 teams.
“In most of those cases, not all, those changes have ended up being viewed as positive, bringing fresh energy, bringing fresh perspective.
“I think you have to be careful that you don’t gimmick up the sport and recognise the history and what has made this sport special but not let that become a straightjacket that doesn’t enable you to consider changes that may truly enhance the sport for fans.”
According to Carey, F1’s most recent attempts at freshening up the race weekend with a qualifying race and subsequent push back from teams would not alter the process for creating and approving changes, despite the leaders of the series pushing for its implementation.
“A decision like the one with a qualifying race, I think it’s a group decision. From my position, we’re not going to dictate that.