F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has lambasted the level of regulatory influence afflicting Formula 1 in the wake of criticism for Max Verstappen and the penalty system for engine changes.

Speaking to reporters at Monza ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Ecclestone said the action is being hampered by 'silly' regulations, from interference in on-track fights, exceeding track limits and penalties handed out for change engines.

"We need people to race and it's really how silly the new regulations have stopped the racing," he said. 'Don't go over the white line', 'Don't do this', 'Don't do that', 'Start at the back of the grid because you've changed this part". It's all mad."

ITALIAN GP: Monza agrees new F1 deal until 2019

His words come after he revealed a new deal had been agreed with Monza to continue hosting the Italian Grand Prix for another three seasons. With this deal done, it is almost certain that next year's calendar will retain 21 events, with a provisional schedule now almost agreed.

F1 has been embroiled in a series of off track controversies this season, none more so than the failed 'elimination' qualifying format, which lasted only two events before it was dropped.

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