What I don't get about the whole pitstop thing is, during the refuelling era people would moan that on-track action was affected because of the habit of "waiting for the stops" to pass someone. Yet now it's apparently a prerequisite to have a valid race if you listened to the likes of Bernie and Hembery etc.
I guess I don't like the idea of things being framed to force a certain pit strategy, looking through history things have just happened as a result of circumstance and the technology of the time, and IMO no one form of racing was any more or less valid than the other.
At the start of the world championship stops (for fuel) were kind of standard. The 1950 Belgian GP when a Talbot nearly won going non-stop proved a game changer and Ferrari's more efficient N/A motor then started beating the Alfas. As more efficient engines were developed, combined with a reduction in race distance to the current 300km, for a long time stops were basically for repairs, or things like top ups of oil etc.
There would be the occasional outlier with heavier than usual tyre wear, the 1958 Argentine GP was kind of like the 2010 Canadian GP, except Moss won by managing to make his tyres last to the end (something he would be disqualified for under today's sporting regulations...)
Then when slicks were developed (or I guess low tread "dry" tyres that came just before), a change in climatic conditions could necessitate a tyre stop.
Then even further down the line, with technology and training allowing faster stops, Brabham calculated it could be strategically advantageous to bring back a pre-planned fuel/tyre change.
Then refuelling was banned for safety reasons, but the lessons learned remained, depending on the conditions a tyre stop could still bring a net benefit even with the fuel load unaffected.
Then the FIA figured refuelling could be reintroduced safely (whether that was actually the case is a matter of debate, but still), so making a stop became almost certain, more than one stop more likely.
Then after the Alboreto incident at Imola a pit lane speed limit was introduced for safety reasons, and it shifted the equation a bit in terms of maybe making a stop less.
Then in 2010* for cost reasons refuelling was banned again...
...except this time there was a collective voiding of the bowels and the current tyre situation was planned by those in charge.
*I'm aware the mandatory use both compounds rule was introduced in 2007 prior to this, I didn't like that either.
TL;DR - None of the above changes through history (with the possible exception of 1994) were pre-planned by those in charge for the reasons of making a better show or whatever, it's just how the sport naturally evolved. In 2010 had it naturally evolved into an era of racing where stopping was the exception rather than the norm, I really struggle to see what would be wrong with that.
Edited by FerrariV12, 09 September 2015 - 14:15.