Yikes. I had forgotten about that.
I'm a fair-weather fan at best but what I recall from the era was that F1 had basically become a lawyerfest where dumb shit like this had become de rigeur and the fans were all WTF because (1) Schumacher won all the time (2) everything was boring AF (3) the only way anything got mixed up a little was when F1 gave out penalties like candy without explaining a single goddamn thing. And then when the 2008 crisis hit and everyone lost money and Toyota and Honda and BMW all bailed they were all "hey let's change shit up a lot" and that kind of killed a few things.
But I mean they're so far removed from "cars" at this point that I have a real hard time caring.