It's become a bit of a taboo to talk about things that we considered 'better' in the past. The label that younger fans tend to trot out these days is 'boomer', which I find a bit cringing, but never mind. It's a shame that whenever people talk about the past, they are shouted down and told that things are better now and that we should be happy about it.
Watching that Schumacher documentary the other day made me realise how much I miss things such as:
V10 engines (or 'older' engines in general, V8s, DFV, whatever. I am constantly told that the present is just as good. It just isn't, to me.) In real life, there is no comparison in terms of spectacle, yet loads of people try to say that it is so much better because we don't need ear plugs and so on. I have absolutely no idea how people who have been to a GP can prefer a V6T over a V10, for example.
Open cockpits. Seeing the driver's head move around, it was their identity. At a GP weekend, seeing their helmet from the stands...you were watching them in real life...unfortunately we can no longer experience it. (I don't mean this as a bash on the halo)
Less 'robotic' drivers. I don't think I need to explain this one, although the recent crop do give me hope for a few laughs in the years to come.
What do you miss? I wanted this thread to be a collection of memories that unfortunately we do not experience any more, rather than 'it woz tougher in them days' type of comments. I love F1, it's not the same as it used to be, but I still love it. Any thoughts?
Edited by IrvTheSwerve, 22 September 2021 - 06:19.