It is not by happenstance that traditionally grandstands at race tracks have for the most part been constructed at corners: what fans come to see, after all, is driving artistry, and that finds little expression on a straight.
That being so, one of course regrets the crushing downforce of today's Formula 1 cars, and the progressive conversion of once daunting corners into straights. This is true of nowhere more than Silverstone, where, as Max Verstappen remarked, a corner like Copse - like Spa's Eau Rouge - is these days 'easy flat'. In itself that militates against overtaking, and the practice is further discouraged by overwhelming 'aero', which prevents cars from closely following each other through a quick turn. If the problem has been with us for countless years, it grows ever more acute: "Anything within five seconds," commented Christian Horner at Silverstone, "and you're in 'dirty air'..."
Today's 'Heavy Metal' cars, with around 1000 horsepower and colossal downforce, may be numbingly impressive through somewhere like Becketts, but for me they lack subtlety, and have limited appeal.