“We need a bit of magic,” said Mansell, who won 31 grands prix. “Let the drivers drive and race the cars like we used to.
“Some of the rules need tweaking, DRS is a false overtaking aid in my opinion and doesn’t give the driver the opportunity to slipstream properly and demonstrate a bit of a chess game and perhaps plan lap by lap, where to pass.
“Also, although Pirelli have done a great job with the tyres on what they’ve been asked to do, I think they should go back to the old tyres where they had plenty of grip.
“Then, if a driver wants to deliver the car into a corner and brake really late, put the power on and get sideways he can do it. It’s very exciting for the fans to watch that.”
“All the tracks I drove on were before all the changes and we had a lot of dangerous corners,” he said.
“We used to go flying into corners knowing if we got it wrong we would have a massive accident, so we respected the car and the corners.
“If we hit the curb too hard the feedback would actually tweak your wrists and you could damage yourself.
“We had to do physical training just to be able to hang on to the car, now drivers can drive with a couple of fingers.”
Lewis Hamilton, the two-time world champion who leads this season’s drivers’ title race by 17 points, has already surpassed Mansell’s total of wins and could break Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, according to Mansell.
“Everyone knows I’m a Lewis fan, he is doing a great job and the equipment he’s got is fantastic, Mercedes are the best of the best at the moment by far.”
Hamilton won the last grand prix in Canada, with the next race taking place in Austria on June 21.