"Inevitably, no designer dares to suggest a radically new car and we see virtually the same old bangers wheeled out year after year. Some tiny change puts one team on top for a while, but the cars gradually become more and more alike.
"The less intellectual spectators adore this kind of racing, for they want close finishes above all things, and they get them. In any case they are far more interested in hero-worshipping their favourite drivers than in studying the cars that carry them to victory.
"For them, racing is fine the way it is and they want nothing to disturb its endless repetition.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.