I agree with many of your points, RichS, especially 1,3, and 4. I don't agree that F1 is now boring. The racing is some of the best in years. The drivers are are really having to drive these cars thanks to the new regulations. I love watching the best drivers in the world work their magic. I also find the technology in these new power units extremely interesting, which for me really adds to everything.
I really do wish they would fix the sound, and this double points race is ridiculous. Both of those should be fixed next year, though. We wouldn't have teams dominating like RB and Mercedes have if they would allow testing and power unit development.
BTW, Why do you think it's important for an F1 team to manufacture road cars?
Well, we saw 4 years in a row with a soft-drink maker taking the constructors' title, handily. Now Mercedes is in the driver's seat, so to speak. I didn't really say that it's important for only car manufacturers to participate in F1, but still seems odd that most of the teams aren't extensions of car makers, chassis-wise. Why not? What's keeping them away, considering the exposure to the world public and so on?
Speaking of "some of the best drivers", etc. I feel that we'd see even better racing if some of the really good drivers- currently driving also-ran cars- could have better mounts. Better tracks (passing ability), better teams overall, less restrictions, both driving, manufacturing & testing, but enough to keep things relatively safe & organized. Let the chips fall where they may!
Some years ago, there was a rule that teams could either use normally aspirated fairly large engines, or else much smaller turbocharged ones, their choice. If development is one of the goals (as I believe it is) why not reinstate some sort of option, to let manufacturers come up with whatever they want, within the rules.
I think we can agree that there ought to be some changes, some fairly minor ones (if ANY rules are minor!) and some really fundamental ones. I'd like to see a lot more competitive racing, considering how many really good drivers there are...but few competitive cars for them to race. For now.
Speaking of better tracks, Austin looks like a really nice layout...none of this "racing in a glorified sewer pipe" mentality! I can't wait!