"And not having to protect my ears with super-strength earplugs to deaden all the sounds had one huge benefit: you could actually hear what the drivers were doing."
"Heck, you could even hear the screech of the tyres as the drivers locked up their fronts on entry, or spun up the rears as they disappeared from view in a flurry of sideways action. "
What I always claimed - F1 is, or at least used to be, a symphony where one instrument dwarfed, killed, all the others. Like Ray Charles used to have a big orchestra with him but he was the only one amplified, the only one the audience could hear.
I think that if we can hear the tires, the floor touching the kerbs, the ground and the air particles being violently thrown in, for them, unexpected directions, then we get a much bigger sense of speed. Both trackside and in front of our monitors at home.