Ant Davidson fears that F1's objective to make circuits as safe as possible has led to "borderline reckless driving coming into play."
In the last few decades Formula One has made great strides in improving safety, not only with regards to the cars but also the tracks.
As a result it has been almost two decades since the sport last lost a driver out on track, Ayrton Senna's death at the 1994 San Marino GP.
Davidson, though, is concerned that in some ways Formula One has gone too far.
While the former F1 driver by no means wants anyone injured, he says that at many tracks there are no longer consequences for mistakes.
"I feel a driver should be challenged and should be punished for mistakes," he said in an interview with The Guardian.
"It's what makes people follow the sport in quite a gruesome way - it's the danger, racing drivers should be heroes.
"We don't want to see fans get injured or drivers get injured or killed but the drivers should get punished. On some modern circuits it's pathetic when you see drivers going off the track and nothing happens."
And Davidson fears that circuits being too safe is actually resulting in drivers acting "reckless" out on track.
He added: "They are borderline too safe. The FIA have done an incredible job, amazing when you think of where it used to be in the 60s and the 70s, and the cars are going faster now than ever before
"The problem is, the safer the circuit becomes the more ruthless the driving becomes. So today there is such little respect for each others' safety on the track.
"They feel like they can bang wheels in a straight line, but 'the car is mega-safe - it will take it' is the belief and therefore you get this crazy, almost borderline reckless driving coming into play."