For a species that has, for better or worse, shaped and scarred the planet, bending it to its will, and relentlessly pursued life-changing technological marvels that outstrip the imaginations even of those one generation older, human beings have a curious distrust of change.
The desire to preserve the status quo, or better still hark back to a halcyon, usually fictional, past is hardwired into homo sapiens. No matter how much we like to believe we are immune to it, all of us have at times drifted into the mob mentality and Luddite outlook.
What has this got to do with Formula 1? Everything, it seems, judging by the past couple of months of howling derision about the direction of grand prix racing.
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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.