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The times they are a-changin' – F1's noise debate

Is the F1 fan base more disputatious than it used to be? Maybe, though equally in times gone by there were far fewer opportunities than there are now to register disapproval. Perhaps in the past we existed largely in blissful ignorance of disagreement with the presumed consensus that was out there. Only Autosport’s letters page gave a clue, and even then reflected the views of a few who had the motivation to pick up a pen. As a friend once said to me: had the internet existed in 1957 there probably would have been people on it expressing sentiments to the effect of: ‘tell you what, that Fangio’s overrated’. But whatever is the case it seems the F1 fan is more prone...
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