Luca di Montezemolo insists his criticism of modern day F1 has "nothing to do" with Mercedes' dominate position.
This year's Championship heralded in a new era in Formula One as 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines replaced the previous V8s.
The swap has not gone down well with some including Ferrari's president.
Di Montezemolo has often expressed his disappointment with both the sound and fuel saving and it was more of the same in Bahrain on Sunday.
"My position is clear, since a few months ago when I said that the risk of the new rules is to have drivers who have to save tyres, save fuel - this is not Formula 1," said the 66-year-old.
"I respect the situation but I think that in a constructive way, we have to look at it all together and try to do something because Formula 1 is extreme from the first lap 'till the last lap.
"A Formula 1 engine is music, not noise and Formula 1 is not too complicated rules in which the people, particularly on the track, they don't understand."
He added: "I think that something, without changing the rules, for the short-term is possible to do.
"I understand Mercedes' position but for me, Formula 1 is more important than the rules; Formula 1 is our life and so we have to think of the future era."
That raised the question of whether di Montezemolo is complaining due to Ferrari's inability to beat Mercedes, who won the opening three races of the Championship while Ferrari were well down the road.
"That has nothing to do with this," he insisted. "Ferrari has, with the rules of today, to be more competitive, try and push and be more competitive.
"It's not a question to change the rules now, but for the future it's a different story."