Formula 1's current preoccupation with what it should be, what it shouldn't be and what must be done to breathe new life into it is becoming the most dangerous threat to its future.
This insidious threat to the sport comes so well-disguised that it not only appears to be a force for good, but genuinely considers itself to be so. Most 'stakeholders' will have inadvertently contributed to its power over the years, and with the best of intentions.
This is categorically not an argument against change, for there are many things wrong with F1 that need addressing (and, let's not forget, plenty that is right about it). But the patchwork assortment of nostalgia-driven tweaks and quick-fixes has led to the sport circulating in ever-decreasing circles, risking vanishing to nothing.
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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.