But until the era of refueling and hard rubber F1 was always about managing your resources and spending them when they give you the biggest advantage.
Drivers have had to manage their fuel use for decades. Do you how many drivers ran out of fuel on the last lap in the 80's and early 90's? Even now they can't go balls to the walls for the whole race even if the tires were removed from the equation.
Same thing for tires - Prost, Senna and all the boys had to look after their tires using them when they needed and managing the rest of the time, right up till the tire wars basically removed rubber from the strategy.
We could always go back to refueling and take the tires out of the equation - and then you get 66 qualifying laps and the race decided solely by who gets away with blocking in the pit lane and who doesn't.
I think we've gone over this already. The point is not to abolish "preservation techniques" as a way to victory. The point is to present drivers and teams with a choice. E.g., "you can go balls to the wall and make 3 pitstops or drive conservatively and have 1 or 2" Or: "you can go balls to the wall all race, but as a compromise you'll start heavier than the others or you can take out a bit of fuel, but will need to conserve at some point in the race and count on your ability to defend." That's just not true today: the only remotely plausible choice is tiptoeing around.
Ultimately, it is about finding that right balance. We all dislike processional races. But a lot of us equally (if not more) dislike F1 being turned into a total lottery. Sure, it's "the same for everybody". But an actual lottery is also "same for everybody". You could, e.g., throw a dice to decide the grid, and it would be "same for everybody." Or you could turn on track-side sprinklers at one corner of the track at a random time, and if someone got caught out - well, tough luck, but "same for everybody." This would make for a spectacle, but not a sporting competition.
I would say that what we want - and indeed the challenge that Martin Whitmarsh had in mind when he asked Pirelli for one - is to avoid a situation where there is a single dominant strategy in the race and only a single path to victory. This is really hard to achieve, and Pirelli, I would say, are failing miserably. More than that, they went at the challenge from the wrong angle. What they should have done is create tyres that get you to the finish in approximately the same time on a 2 and 3 stop strategy (or, with a different mix of compounds, on a 1 and 3 stop strategy). That's a good challenge to have - both for the teams and for the fans. What they have done instead is simply to create really crappy tyres that are so utterly unpredictable that no team is able to extract consistent performance. That's emphatically not what the doctor ordered.