MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Driving a Formula One car is less fun these days with the new rule changes introduced by the sport’s governing body, according to two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.

FIA have tinkered with the rules in a bid to increase competitiveness, with the most radical change adopted for the coming campaign being the sweeping overhaul of qualifying.

Alonso, however, isn’t sure the moves were necessary.

“I think in recent years, even if the sport has been criticised sometimes, the show was always there for the people to enjoy,” Alonso said on Thursday.

“But I think the main point for me right now are the cars and the rules that (mean they) are probably not as fun to drive as a couple of years ago. We are relatively slow in terms of timed laps and in terms of how the car feels with the tyres and with the weight of the cars...So I think there are some changes in Formula One that mean we probably aren’t as fast as we should be.”