The pinnacle of motor sport moniker is becoming a little past the times, IMO. The problem is that the development and technological boundaries are too easily reached too quickly, and now need more than just an engine size to restrict it like the old days.
What makes it the pinnacle, to me, is the best people in the sport of auto racing competing. The best drivers and the designer on the best teams. Very few people who are successful in racing, or any sport for that matter are so because of pure financial drive or simply wanting to win. I would imagine every wide-eyed kid getting their first kart would be nothing but smiles.
Fun is a huge factor, and if there was no fun, there would be no sport. No sport exists for pure financial or personal gain, and racing is no exception. The science of invention for the most part has been nearly maxed out. I like that someone like Branson wants to bring fun back into it, to the forefront, and wants to win as well.
If you lose, you might as well enjoy the path to the loss.
Before I do anything I ask myself “Would an idiot do that?” And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing. - Dwight Schrute