Why F1 must sacrifice its 'DNA' for the spectacle
OPINION: Purists decree that Formula 1's 2021 tech rules overhaul needs to be careful not to go against the so-called 'DNA' of the series, but F1 should be wary of risking a brighter future for the sake of something that never really existed in the first place
When Francis Crick and James Watson first proposed the double-helix structure of DNA, they had no idea that the term would become a trite synonym for a sport's fundamentals, usually employed within an argument resisting against any kind of change. Humans are creatures of habit, after all.
And so, as Formula 1's lawmakers and governors address the herculean task of defining 2021's new regulations, the collective careful tread through the minefield seems to be rooted in the anthropomorphisation of motorsport and refusal to 'upset F1's DNA'.
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He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him
It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…
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