strad wrote:Do you want lap times or racing? I wonder sometimes which it is modern fans want.
That would depend on what is considered racing. Some consider close proximity, side by side cars to be racing. But hillclimb, time attack, Formula Student, rallying, and others, do without it. Should circuit racing be excluded from this list?
Personally I'm less interested in driver competition and prefer to see engineering competition. Not that they are mutually exclusive, and they both entail team dynamics. I might say that the more competitive & professionalized the driving side has become in the modern era has actually made the driving side even less interesting. There is a less diverse range of people getting behind the wheel because you need to be a Olympian to compete now. There are no builder-drivers in the big-leagues anymore, let alone renaissance men or genuine weirdos. I suppose Kimi is F1's last bastion of older eras.
In the context of F1, what can be said to be more or less authentic? In its earlier eras there was less camera coverage, more emphasis on live viewing, and as such passes would rarely be seen on track if and when they happened. I should think that would have meant lap times, position changes (not necessarily through passing), and the sight & sound spectactle would have been the more important factors.